Policing needs to “bite the bullet” and show it can make further savings if it wants to successfully ask for more money this autumn, according to the chair of the Police Reform and Transformation Board.
Paddy Tipping believes forces will have to either let areas like neighbourhood policing erode even more or work together to persuade the Government that they urgently need more resources.
The Nottinghamshire police and crime commissioner said unless things change, policing will lose another 2,500 jobs next year and will continue to face “untenable” annual savings requirements of £200 million.
He added that mounting financial pressures may cause some smaller forces to become “unviable” in the next few years.
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