Cuts in police spending threaten services

Sarah Coles
Met police officer with Boris Johnson
Met police officer with Boris Johnson

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A report has warned that government cuts to the police service are likely to mean the loss of 5,800 front-line police officers over the next three years. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has warned that three services could be unable to carry out their duties as a result.

So what's happening, and is it safe?