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Police: Expenditure Cuts

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of police funding cuts on the amount of contact time between police forces and members of the public.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Jones Baroness Neville-Jones Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The Government believe that police forces can make savings while protecting the frontline. We do not accept that reducing costs will lead to any reductions in police officers visible on the streets. What matters is how resources are used and how officers are deployed.

Decisions on the number of officers, police support staff and PCSOs and how they are deployed remain a matter for chief constables and police authorities to determine and from 2012 for police and crime commissioners.

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