Front­line ser­vices must be pri­or­ity for the po­lice

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph -

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.

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