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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.
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.