Asked how she could regain officers' trust, Theresa May said:
"I can only tell them as it is and not as they would like to hear it from me.
"I have to be honest with them about the financial situation, I have to be honest with them about the Government's desire for reform, and I have been.
"This is a deal. There will be more accountability through police and crime commissioners, but we will free you up to do your job. We're delivering on that."