What is the future role of the police force?
A public debate on the future size and role of the police is urgently needed, says the independent Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. What is your reaction?
A report published by the centre claims spending on police overtime in England and Wales increased by 90% over the past decade to £400m, even though there has been a record rise in the number of officers.
Overall police spending grew from £9.8bn in 1999 to £14.5bn in 2009, largely due to a rise in civilian staff, such as police community support officers. Much of this spending was borne by council tax rises, which may not be sustainable in future, the centre says.
Are you a police officer? How has the police force changed over the past decade? What role should the police force have in future?
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