Police force to shed 300 officers Mr Griffin said officer numbers would be cut through natural wastage Up to 300 police officer posts are to be axed and replaced with support staff roles, Humberside Police has announced. The force said the changes would free up the remaining Pcs from "back office" and administrative duties and would improve frontline policing. It said the officers' posts would go over the next five years through a process of natural wastage. Deputy chief constable David Griffin said it would release some 20,000 hours of officer time back on the streets. Humberside Police said it would recruit between 350 and 400 support staff. The loss of the 300 posts accounts for 13.5% of the force's full time police officers. 'Faster investigations' Mr Griffin said the changes would mean officers would not be "bogged down" with bureaucracy. He said they would no longer have to wait and undertake tasks such as fingerprinting and form filling. The changes are part of a government review of policing to free up officers' time by improving police support work and reducing unnecessary bureaucracy. The plans were agreed at a meeting of Humberside Police Authority on Tuesday. Mr Griffin said: "By realigning the back office tasks, currently done by police officers, we can speed up investigations considerably and provide improved service to victims of crime and members of the public."