Reduced police numbers are not sustainable, senior officer warns

Current police numbers are not sustainable in the face of budget cuts, a senior officer will warn today.

Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Police Officers (Acpo), is to tell a conference it would be “misleading in the extreme” to claim otherwise, the BBC has reported.

Orde will address Acpo’s annual conference today, when he will urge ministers to make structural reforms, instead of “salami slicing” the police to cut costs.

He will also to say a balance needs to be struck between the “understandable demand” for more officers on the streets and their other “less visible, but equally critical” duties.

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