The Home Secretary and Maidenhead MP Theresa May stood before the Police Federation today - at its annual conference in Bournemouth - and accused its leaders of "crying wolf".
She said there had been much scaremongering over the effect of the cuts made to the police, yet crime was falling. Surrey - it's £28 million - and in Sussex, it's £50 million.
In the Thames Valley - £58 million pounds has been cut from the budget and, in Wiltshire, it's £13 million. All in the last five years, Jobs have gone and some roles merged into neighbouring forces. Millions more has yet to be saved.
Today, though, The Police Federation - which represents rank and file officers - hit back at Ms May. They say the cuts mean it's the end of neighbourhood policing. With the latest, our Political Correspondent Phil Hornby.
Prime Minister David Cameron will chair a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) today to discuss possible military action against Syria.
Ahead of tomorrow's recall of Parliament, the NSC, which includes Maidenhead MP Theresa May among its members, is expected to discuss the intelligence gathered by UN inspectors from their visit to Mouadamiya, where last week's suspected chemical weapons attack is believed to have taken place
The council will also consider whether or not to push ahead with a military strike against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Mr Cameron said before the meeting that any intervention in Syria would not be about the conflict itself, but preventing the use of chemical weapons by any regime.