NOTTS Police reassured members of the public that a strike by some police staff ‘had no impact on the force’s services’ this morning.
According to a statement on the force’s website, only seven employees went on strike overnight in the force control room and custody cells.
The action began at midnight as part of a 24 hour strike called by Unison. It will be followed by another one day strike on Friday 2 September and continuous work to rule until further notice.
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Ackerley said: “So far, the impact of strike action has had no impact on our service and we’ve hit the 100 per cent target for answering our 999 and other non emergency calls.”
“Unison agree with us that we have no alternative but to reduce the number of people working for Nottinghamshire Police. Crucially, they also agreed the policy our managers are using to implement changes fairly and comply with legislation.
“Almost 400 of our 1,750 police staff have already been through this restructure. Of that number there have been fewer than 20 compulsory redundancies and around 150 voluntary redundancies.
“A second phase affecting more than 700 members of staff is likely to see similar numbers.”
ACC Ackerley added: “I want to reassure the public of Nottinghamshire that we are taking all necessary steps to mitigate any impact industrial action by civilian members of staff will have.
“If life is in danger, or a crime is in progress, ringing 999 will still ensure a swift response from police officers and our neighbourhood policing teams will still be working in their communities.”