UK police is bracing for losing hundreds of officers due to government’s budget cuts.
Media reports say, Devon and Cornwall Police is set to lose another 500 officers due to the government’s cuts. According to the reports, the force, which covers the largest geographical police area in England, would see numbers reduced to 2,500 – down from 3,500 in 2010.
Meanwhile, 200 Community Support Officers and 150 civilian support staff roles could also be lost.
The police staff reduction comes as numerous surveys say that public want to see police on the beat as a fundamental part of their neighborhoods.
The job cuts would be carried out over the next five years. Officer numbers were reduced from 3,500 to 3,000 this year as a result of £50m of cuts in the first wave of austerity.