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.
The outgoing Chief Constable of Hampshire Police says the new police starting salary of £19,000 won't attract the right type of candidates. Alex Marshall says people with life experience make ideal police officers - but they won't change careers for such a low salary.
Mr Marshall also admitted morale was an issue at the force after a series of government cuts. He also denied he was leaving because the new police commissioner, Simon Hayes, was taking over. Mr Marshall will take up a new role as the boss of the new National College of Policing.
He spoke in detail to Meridian's Fred Dinenage and Sangeets Bhabra.
A police officer has attacked the Home Secretary Theresa May describing her as a disgrace after she completed her speech at the Police Federations Annual Conference in Bournemouth.
The Maidenhead MP announced plans to give officers powers to prosecute up to 500,000 cases every year, starting with uncontested traffic offence
Theresa May has praised Hampshire Police for using electronic systems to reduce the amount of paperwork their police officers need to do. This allows more officers to be on the beat.
Theresa May has told the Police Federation Conference that it is right that they should receive an attractive pension but that we need to make difficult decisions.
The Home Secretary has just entered the Police Federation Conference here in Bournemouth. Officers applauded her but delegates all stood and held banners saying enough is enough.
The Home Secretary Theresa May will address delegates at the annual Police Federation conference in Bournemouth later. Last year she received a silent reception at the event as she announced changes to the police force as Nia Mason explains.