UK cuts to make more brutal police tactics inevitable: Official

More potential budget cuts by the new Tory government in the UK would force British police to adopt “paramilitary” enforcement tactics to maintain their ability to enforce law and order, the head of the police officers’ organization has warned.

“You get a style of policing where the first options are teargas, rubber bullets and water cannon, which are the last options in the UK,” said Chairman of the UK’s Police Federation Steve White, as quoted in a Sunday report by The Guardian daily.

Describing further budget cuts on the police force as devastating, White added that the federation’s 123,000 members, from police constables to inspectors, remain worried about a move toward a more brutal style of policing as they will have to keep law and order with even fewer officers than now.

The remarks came ahead of the federation’s annual conference later this week, when British Home Secretary Theresa May is due to address rank-and-file police officers.

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