The condems have cut back on spending and in doing so slashed the Sussex police budget for 2010 /2011.
A police spokesman said: “ Were all devastated many of us survive on overtime, none of us got into the role of policing for the money you get into it because you want to help the vulnerable and change things for the better but of course once your in and see how easy the potential to make money is the thought of helping others becomes secondary.”
The spokesman went on:” We are tightening the financial belt right across the board no one is exempt.”
Police officer Raymond Beaker said: “ The moods changed here we used to have a right laugh but that’s all changed now everyone’s so serious, last week I and few other officers saw something heartbreaking I was inconsolable and had to be coaxed out the toilets with a promise of counselling putting further strain on the budget, but what sent me into this emotional meltdown was seeing our chief of police turn up to work in a Renault Fuego, I can only compare it to seeing the likes of King Edward pitching up to the hillside battle against William Wallace on a shetland pony, it was heartbreaking to watch, he maintained some dignity insisting being chauffeur driven in but lost some when exiting the vehicle he had to be helped down from the AA recovery flat bed truck with a firemans lift !”
A PCSO (Police community support officer) had this to say: “Its started already weve been told that any new recruits joining the PCSO’s will not be issued with the standard stab vest or pepper spray, instead they are told should the confrontation turn ugly to play dead, there has been a small amount of budget put aside so theses officers can attend amateur dramatics one evening a week to learn various ways of playing dead, the current favourite is the heart attack and asthma attack as you simply clutch your chest and grimace, some officers have shown some real talent.”
Amateur dramatic teacher Wendy Davenport said : “Most of the officers who come here choose the heart attack routine most of them do a ok job of it, the heavy breathing, bulging eyes clutching of chest and inevitable fall to the floor is the standard heart attack, but every so often someone blessed with real talent comes in, we had one officer who went the extra mile and in doing so actually brought on a real heart attack, we were stunned at the performance and gave him a standing ovation it wasn’t until he hadn’t moved for 2 minutes and started gurgling that we realized he had in fact suffered a near fatal heart attack, we were still clapping and stamping the boards when the ambulance drove off.”
The effect of the police budget slashing has had a knock on effect to local business, Mcdonalds report a considerable drop in revenue in their sales of breakfasts and McFlurries, Mcdonalds spokeman said : “Its knocked us for six, everyday we’d see coppers in our outlets like kids round a sweetshop pushing and shoving to get to the front of the queue and bickering amongst themselves, Sussex police are a large part of our demographic ! “