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After riot mess, Cameron insists on police budget cuts

August 14, 2011 - London

Despite witnessing one of the worst riots last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted that his government will go ahead with cuts in police budgets.

Cuts in the budget will leave the police machinery in a tight spot if an emergency arises during the Olympics next year.

"I fear we won't be able to cope in a year's time. We have reached tipping point," Simon Reed, vice-chairman of the Police Federation was quoted as, saying by The Daily Express.

"We managed to cope this time with officers working long hours and officers filling in from other parts of the country. We have just coped on this occasion. If the cuts go on at the current rate we won't have the resilience to cope," he added.

The government is aiming to cut policing budgets by 20 percent during this Parliament. owever, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, in a report last month, warned budget reductions would eat into frontline capability.

It estimates 16,200 officers, 1,800 PCSOs and 16,100 police staff would be cut over four years. The reduction in uniformed officers represents 11 per cent of a total 140,000.

Reed said the escalation in police in London, followed by a swift restoration of relative order, should alone prove the case against more budget cuts.

"The behaviour of this Conservative Government has astounded us," Reed said.

"Labour put record levels of spending into law and order and the overall level of crime went down. Now for a Conservative Prime Minister to imply that numbers of police officers have nothing to do with the level of crime is astonishing," he added.


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