Usti region to lose 500 police officers

The Usti region in north Bohemia is to lose close to 500 police officers next year as a result of the government’s austerity measures, regional police chief Jiří Vorálek said on Tuesday. The police chief said that the planned cuts would affect both personnel and expenditures would inevitably impact the work of the force with fewer officers out in the streets and fewer to handle related administration. The use of police vehicles is to be significantly restricted, and the funds available will be used to maintain old equipment rather than to purchase new technology.