JOBS at the Government’s Forensic Science Service in north Solihull are at risk because of staff cutbacks.
The FSS, which analyses evidence from crime scenes on behalf of police forces in England and Wales, employs 1,900 UK staff, with more than a quarter based at its HQ in Chelmsley Wood. About 800 jobs will go nationally.
Forensic scientists, managers and computer staff are among those set to be made redundant under a “radical transformation plan”, with possible site closures, according to the Prospect union.
Prospect negotiator Mike Sparham said: “Staff are shocked at the scale of the redundancies and the union is now seeking to minimise the cuts and ensure they are on a voluntary basis.”
A Home Office spokesman said: “The forensics market is changing with increased competition, reduced business volumes and a higher cost base. It is right the FSS should put itself in a sustainable position for the future.”