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A senior police official in the United Kingdom says stretched resources have made policing effectively “broken” in parts of the country, warning that it is the public that would suffer from understaffing and cuts in police forces.

“The reality is that policing in some places is broken, we are most certainly in crisis and that is a direct result of the pressure the government has put on by a reduction in funding,” said new head of the Police Federation John Apter on Monday while speaking to the Independent newspaper.

The official, whose organization represents rank-and-file officers across England and Wales, said falling headcounts and increasing crime were forcing police to abandon some investigations into crimes that would have been previously dealt with.

“We can’t do everything – there are going to be situations where we simply can’t deliver the policing we want to deliver,” said Apter.

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