When various politicians & chief police officers said of the reduction in police funding, “this will not affect front line policing”, what they actually meant to say was. “Police officer numbers will go down by up to 6,000 across the country for each of the next four years.”
The simple statistic behind the mouthwash that says that police officers won’t lose their jobs as a result of the massive 20% cut in funding is that 39 of the 43 police forces will not recruit a single new officer. As 6,000 officers retire or leave the police every year, this means that this time next year there will be 6,000 less officers.
The funding cuts are set for a four year life, which suggests that by 2015 there will be at least 24,000 less officers unless forces start recruiting again.
But don’t worry about the effects this will have on crime in your area.
Policing Minister Nick Herbert said: “I don’t think anyone Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and no respected academic Ã¢â‚¬â€œ would make a simple link between the increase in police officers and what has happened to crime. There is no such link.”
Which kind of makes you wonder why we had so many officers in the first place.