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6,000 fewer police after cuts

It is claimed that three police forces, including the Met Police, may not be able to function properly because of government cuts. HM Inspecorate of Constabulary says around 6,000 officers will be axed from the frontline in England and Wales.

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'Plan needed for budgetary challenges facing Met'

Joanne McCartney, chairwoman of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee, said the report will "worry everyone concerned with safety and security in our capital city".

It is disturbing that the Met finds itself one of only three forces which the Chief Inspector judges to be at risk of failing to provide an efficient or effective service to the public in the future.

The conclusions of the HMIC report should impress on Mayor Boris Johnson and his Deputy Stephen Greenhalgh the need for a plan getting to grips with the budgetary challenges facing the Met.

They must show that they recognise, as HMIC does, the scale of the problem for policing in the capital as cuts bite.

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