Frontline services must be priority for the police
EVEN before chancellor George Osborne warned of “cuts that would hurt”, it was clear that the public sector was going to be hard hit as the Government makes strides to cut the nation’s huge debt burden.
Already, it appears, Cambridgeshire police have felt the brunt.
Not exactly caught unawares they have been told to trim £1.2m from the agreed Government grant for this financial year – which is more than they feared.
And there is likely to be more to come.
This has seen the force freeze recruitment and review overtime management.
Measures it would seem many other bodies in the public and private sector have had to do recently – saving money and economising .
That’s all very well, but the one thing the public will certainly want to know is what will this mean for them?
The chief constable admits the cuts could affect frontline policing – that’s officers out on the streets – although maintaining this will be a top priority.
And so it should be. A visible police presence is reassuring to the public, as is knowing officers will attend when called.