Police cuts: Define front line, say MPs

Published on Wednesday, 23 February 2011 09:29
Posted by Scott Buckler

The government must clear up "confusion" over what it means when promising to protect "front-line" policing staff from cuts, MPs say


The Commons home affairs committee said there would be "significantly" fewer officers in England and Wales due to budget reductions of 20% by 2014-15.

Disagreement over which officers were judged to be front-line made it harder to judge the impact of cuts, it added.

The government said it was working to reach a "better definition".

The home affairs committee's report looks at the impact on police forces of financial settlements proposed from 2011 to 2015.

It says, while there is "uncertainty" about precise figures, fewer a reduction in the number of officers, community support officers and police staff is expected.

Source: ©BBC News

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