Police Federation findings that two thirds of the British public feel further cuts to force budgets would put their safety in jeopardy "dispels any lingering doubt" over the long-term effects of the austerity programme, according to a police chief.
Outgoing Police Federation chairman Steve Williams said:
This survey surely dispels any lingering doubt the public would be alarmed about the effect falling numbers of police officers will have on their personal safety.
If British policing is to be able to operate to its capacity and bring justice to the millions of victims of crime, then it is vital that we protect and increase officer numbers.
Without sufficient numbers of officers, it will be ever more difficult to perform our vital role.
The public is clearly concerned without sufficient numbers of police officers, the ability of forces to protect and serve the public will be severely hampered.
More top news
The lucrative but illegal business of blast fishing is turning Tanzania's waters into killing fields on a devastating scale.
Austria was supposed to have elected a new president back in May. As it stands, a far-right leader could still be installed in the country.
South-east England will hold on to the cloud for longest, although the rain will gradually be easing through the afternoon.