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Frontline police to be cut by 5,800

Almost 6,000 fewer officers will be on the policing frontline in three years' time as a result of the Government's budget cuts, figures showed today.

A fifth of front counters in police stations will also close, the report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found.

The report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has found that a fifth of front counters in police stations will close. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

There will be 5,800 fewer frontline officers, but the proportion of officers on the frontline will increase to between 81% and 95% as the number of non-frontline officers is almost halved, with 7,600 going by 2015, the report said.

Some 137 police access counters, such as in libraries and supermarkets, will also open to help offset the closure of 264 front desks.