Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Yorkshire and the Humber; South Yorkshire;
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Provision Of Services To The Community As A Whole
84.24 - Public order and safety activities

149 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 June 2008
Employment effect (start)
20 June 2008
Foreseen end date
31 March 2009


South Yorkshire Police, a regional authority of the UK Police Service, has announced that it is to cut 149 jobs across sites in South Yorkshire. 3,280 are currently employed by the organization, and the job losses will be implemented by March 2009. Managers at South Yorkshire Police have stated that the job cuts will be achieved through a policy of non-replacement of employees who leave through retirement, transfers and resignations. The job losses have been attributed to financial constraints. The job losses will affect police officers, however management at South Yorkshire Police claimed that only 40 frontline jobs would be lost through a policy of moving police officers from administrative jobs to frontline positions. Bob Pitt, the chairman of the South Yorkshire branch of the Police Federation, an organization that represents police offers but lacks the legal right to take strike action, stated:

‘I just worry, and I know we as a police federation worry, about the resilience that we are going to be left with as police forces if the numbers go down very much more. Already, and even before we see these reductions in numbers, the people that we represent tell me that they are having difficulty coping.’

Meredydd Hughes, the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, expressed his belief that the organization could meet high performance targets despite the job losses.


  • 20 June 2008: BBC News


Eurofound (2008), South Yorkshire Police, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 66798, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66798.