The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police is warning that additional spending cuts will force her staff to grade non-emergency police calls in order of their importance.
The Teesside service has already slashed £15 million from its budget but has since discovered it must make an extra £5 million of enforced savings over the next two years.
It means front line officers are facing redundancy.
Rachel Bullock reports.
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