Can front-line police jobs be protected?
More than 10,000 uniformed police officer posts in England and Wales are to be cut over the next two years, Labour Party research suggests. Are cuts being made in the right area?
The coalition's Spending Review set police budget cuts at 20% by 2014-15. The government has always insisted that front-line jobs can be protected and hopes chief constables can cope with the cuts by saving on backroom staff, bureaucracy, and pooling more resources with other forces.
But after Labour collated figures from 42 police authorities in England and Wales - except the British Transport Police - the party claims that hope cannot be realised. They said a total of 10,190 police officers are to be cut.
Are you a police officer? What impact will these cuts have? Do you think cuts can be made without affecting front line jobs? How would you restructure the police force?
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