David Hanson said:
“By cutting police funding by more than 20% over the next four years, the government is taking big risks with the public’s safety and undermining the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour.
“The speed and scale of the government’s cuts have put police forces in an impossible position. A number of forces have already announced plans to lose thousands of police officers, blowing apart the government’s claims that the frontline can be protected.
“With a 25% cut to its budget, the Home Office is one of the big losers of the Spending Review. It has received a much tougher settlement than other major departments responsible for frontline services such as health and education.
“These cuts go way beyond what experts believe can be achieved through efficiency savings and better procurement. The Spending Review settlement therefore means unprecedented cuts to frontline policing, crime prevention, counter-terrorism and national security.”