Police chiefs in South Yorkshire today roll out three new local policing teams in Doncaster in a bid to change the way the town is policed.
The system will be repeated across South Yorkshire over the next few months.
The new teams are made up of response officers, safer neighbourhood police officers and PCSOs responsible for specific areas.
They will work a new shift pattern, aimed at having more officers on duty at peak times.
Chief Constable David Crompton said: “This is the biggest change to local policing in years.
“We have worked hard to retain visible, dedicated police teams in all our local areas but with reduced funding, we need to deliver these vital services at less cost, protecting what is most valuable and looking carefully at ways of being more efficient.
“The new model will save £8.1m but the introduction of a county-wide shift pattern and flexible working arrangements will mean more officers working at peak times.”