Bedfordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins has written to the Prime Minister asking for more money to fight terror.
In the letter, Martins says there's a 'very real danger of the force being a weak link in the nation's security'.
His request comes after the terror attacks in Paris last Friday.
Bedfordshire Police say the county has one of the highest concentrations of dangerous and active Islamic extremists in the country, the fourth highest level of gun crime, fifth highest level of serious crime and seventh for knife crime yet the force has the second lowest overall budget in the country.
A number of high profile anti-terrorism operations have been carried out in the county in recent years. Most recently an entire family of 12 from Luton disappeared are now believed to be living in Syria.
Although Bedfordshire admits it has received extra money for intelligence services, it says that's only part of the solution. They say what's needed are more officers on the street to engage in preventative policing and strengthen the relationship between those officers and their communities to get to potentially vulnerable people before they might become radicalised.
But not everyone is convinced. Dr Mil Hills, a security expert at Northampton University, says Bedfordshire is no more multicultural than any other areas of the country - and therefore has no claim on extra funding.
Members of Bedfordshire's Police Force have warned about this problem before - Chief Constable Jon Boutcher warned a lack of funding could have "stark consequences" for the force's ability to tackle national security threats.
Click below to watch the full report from ITV News Anglia's Sarah Beecroft