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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Policing Minister defends cuts to frontline services

Almost 6,000 fewer officers will be on the policing frontline in three years' time, HMIC figures showed today. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Policing Minister Nick Herbert said: "This report makes it clear that the frontline of policing is being protected overall and that the service to the public has largely been maintained.

"The proportion of officers on the frontline is increasing, the number of neighbourhood officers has gone up, crime is down, victim satisfaction is improving and the response to emergency calls is being maintained.

"While there are particular challenges in three forces, we know that the vast majority are rising to the challenge of reducing budgets while protecting service to the public."

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