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Front line police officers under threat in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police has to make £21 million in savings by 2015, failure to do so could mean job losses. Photo: ITV Central

The threat of losing front-line police officers in Lincolnshire will be discussed later today as the force comes under pressure of cut-backs.

Lincolnshire Police has to make £21 million in savings by 2015, it is on target to find £18 million but there is a deficit which could lead to job losses.

The force is under pressure to save a further £3 million, if the amount cannot be saved then 70 police officers risk losing their jobs, affecting front-line policing in Lincolnshire.

Chief Constable Neil Rhodes is meeting the Minister for Policing Nick Herbert to discuss the issue today.

The meeting comes in the aftermath of a report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate Constabulary which said it had "multiple concerns" about how the force would meet stringent cuts.

Chief Constable Neil Rhodes is meeting the Minister for Policing Nick Herbert about the issue. Credit: ITV Central

Lincolnshire is the latest force to feel the effects of government cut-backs, earlier this month it was announced that Nottinghamshire Police were to sell off their horses and disband their 135-year-old Mounted Section which will save the force £93,000 in the first year and each horse will sell for £20,000.

Nottinghamshire Police is set to lose its 135-year-old mounted section Credit: ITV Central