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Should Police budgets be cut?

The Police, like most civil servants are under the focus by the government to make further cuts in their budgets of between 25-40%.

This has promoted another outcry from the Police with a recent poll suggesting that 90% of them are saying that moral is very low currently.

This week the police commissionaire for Bedfordshire has said he thinks Police cars should have easyJet sponsorship on the side of their cars to obtain advertising funds to make up for the budget deficits.

Meanwhile, according to the independent crime survey for England and Wales, crime has fallen by 25% since 2010 while coincidently, government funding overall has also fallen by a quarter.

Sir Keith Starmer MP has said that if police budgets are cut further there will be “a real and immediate effect to public safety”

What do you think? Should police budgets be cut or should we actually be increasing them and getting even more police back on “the beat”? Will a cut in police budgets lead to increased crime?

Should police budgets be cut?

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leslieross
26th Jan 2016
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No. We need our police force strong, on the front line, for our protection and our country's protection. What could be cut are oversized salaries of commissioners. Why on earth do we need a person pulling a six figure salary. What we need are more officers.
justabout
19th Dec 2015
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ABSOLUTELY NOT.
How can law and order be kept on our streets with less Police.?
SMAG
18th Dec 2015
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Frightening us all with talk of imminent terrorist attacks yet they cut down on police, ambulances, fire service and the armed forces, so who is going to actually protect us in our own country. If there is a terrorist attack it's the police, fire service and ambulance who are expected to attend and help but we won't have enough of them.
HJR58
14th Dec 2015
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My husband and I both served in the police. Policing has changed dramatically as has crime. There was no cyber crime when I joined although the IRA were a terrorist threat. I think that every crime should be reported and dealt with by a trained officer. Having been the victim of burglary myself I know it is the violation of your home that maybe more upsetting than the goods taken. To not even get a visit because they are too stretched to do it is very poor.
morsey
5th Dec 2015
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We need them now more than ever and there seems to be an increasing need for more not less security forces.
bright11
22nd Nov 2015
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With the acceleration of terrorist activity the need for police on the street and in other intelligence branches is needed more than ever. With the treat to Belgium maybe this Human Rights Act needs review, after all peace loving humans everywhere have their rights. There is no human right to be a terrorist.
Taking in millions of refugees is not the answer to the problem neither is bombing as this lowers us to the terrorist levels.
come on on all you world leaders get on with your job.
Pickerus
21st Nov 2015
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Cut overseas aid not our resources
alan6
20th Nov 2015
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Great prize I would love to win
Brigham
20th Nov 2015
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The police on the beat are our bridge for intelligence without them on our streets and in the community who will be the link to the intelligence services. A friendly Bobby as they used to be, remember "evening all" was someone you could speak to I know we have telephone numbers for crime stoppers and the rest but a man in blue was always a man you could speak to, even if you got the occasional clip round the ear, you knew if you gave him a bit of cheek he could never catch you once you started running, but he always caught you in the end.
No don't cut the police budget we need them more now than we ever did in the 60s
celtwitch
20th Nov 2015
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We need our police and military like never before as the new enemy is even more terrible than the Nazis and the Japanese combined and seems to delight in gratuitous slaughter, they laugh while doing it.
We should spend more on defence and cancel all foreign aid to muslim countries, because that's where the threat is coming from.
Let them hate us for free.
old adage
20th Nov 2015
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Targets, targets, targets,we are all becoming targets if you see what I mean.
oldone
20th Nov 2015
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With events in France this week this makes nonsense to home security
Fuzz70
20th Nov 2015
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I don't want budgets cut but I do want to see more effective use of existing resources. I would like to see policemen on the streets trying to prevent crime rather than responding to crime that's already happened. There is little point in introducing laws that are impossible to police such as people using mobile phones while driving or smoking in cars with children in them. We see it happening every day but irresponsibility is in the hands of the individual and some people will just never care about others.
jc1
20th Nov 2015
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If they cut back on the police anymore I think the country will go to the dogs.The crime rate will start to climb,there will be people taking the law in their own hands vigilantes will spring up.
Joan Fraser
20th Nov 2015
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As with Health Service and Education - we need people doing the jobs they signed up to and trained for. Not to be ticking boxes and meeting manufactured 'targets'for politicians or bureaucrats. Spend money keeping us safe and healthy; that's what I pay my taxes for
thefilthycripple
16th Nov 2015
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In view of the sad events in Paris this would be the ultimate lunacy ,I want more law and order
Baxi
16th Nov 2015
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The police should be allowed to solve real crimes rather than having to meet targets. Cutting their budgets will not help the situation. I think 'the Bobby on the Beat' and community police officers provide a really valuable support service to us.
Jan Caulfield
16th Nov 2015
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We cannot manage on less police try looking to the cost of the wasteful police commissioners. In our end of Essex 15 years ago we had 9 police stations.... They are just about to close the last one!!!
rudgy
16th Nov 2015
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We are living in very uncertain times ,we are getting rid of the police ,the army .No matter what is said it won't make any difference to this government or any other .As long as they are making money for their mates everything else can go to the wall .
swanland
16th Nov 2015
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It worries me for the future of my children and my grandchildren. After the terrible happenings in France surely we need more police protection not less!
Westminster
14th Nov 2015
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The appalling situation in Paris and the risk of terrorism in the UK make it vital for us to have more police, not less.

Our well being and safety are more important than money.
SovereignInventory
9th Nov 2015
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Like a lot of institutions, the Police as a whole are too top heavy with more chiefs than Indians - this is where the cost savings should be made, not the bobbies on the beat. Mind you, there seemed to be a lot of PC's at the recent Chinese PM's visit.
molly 65
9th Nov 2015
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When budgets have been cut year after year for so many years, there is nothing left to cut! I agree a few years ago some trimming was necessary but how can we as a community feel safe when the cuts have gone so far? Answer.... We can't!!
thefilthycripple
9th Nov 2015
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Whilst the Police service like the whole of the public sector under Labour got very bloated ,some trimming was necessary .But it has gone too far with the Armistice parade being left open ,to jihadi attack in Epping ! However Essex does has the worst crime commissioner in England !
HJR58
9th Nov 2015
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The role of the police has changed over time. They now spend time and resources dealing with people such as the mentally ill because the services that used to support them are no longer there. There are also more specialist units to deal with terrorism and cyber crime. I don't think the traditional role of the Bobby on the beat will ever come back. Personally, with all the cuts I wonder how/if they would be able to respond to a major disaster, particularly in a rural location.
redskins
7th Nov 2015
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The police are like the church they cry no money but have other income like motor fine payments and money reserves.Cut down on protecting the 30th in line to the throne.Deal with the action in the street that's where they are needed.
anniegc
10th Nov 2015
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Motor fines do not go to the Police they go to local government. With an ever increasing population we need more Police officers. Serving officers at present are working with very high levels of stress and no support from the Government.
chris56
7th Nov 2015
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The police need our support and the budgets are to low now.how are they supposed to fight crime and serve the community without enough funding
Robert2706
6th Nov 2015
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The police have done a great deal to reduce their costs over the years which was needed however there will be a limit on how much further they can be expected to go without a further huge reduction on front line officers. They should still seek to improve and save money but there is a great need to have more officers on the ground. Its a pity the resources seem to be able to be found to investigate historic abuse crimes but this is to detriment of other services.
I am not by the way saying past crimes should not be investigated but there needs to be a realistic approach and apportionment of resources.
Theoldgirl
6th Nov 2015
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There will be more crime, and we will get people complaining that there are no police to cover.
donny1954
6th Nov 2015
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NO they should be paid a lot more as they are the backbone of Law & Order in this Country.
David Andrew
6th Nov 2015
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I agree with Peter Hitchens comments on BBC Question Time on 5th November - the original purpose of the police was to patrol our neighbourhoods to prevent crime; not to outsource crime reporting to G4.
snappy11
6th Nov 2015
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No should not be cut we will always need them
Wilf
6th Nov 2015
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I totally agree, they have a very tough and dangerous job and if anything should be paid a lot more an also should be more of them
snappy11
7th Nov 2015
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Totally agree they are put into all sorts of situation ,and their lives matter like everybody else
JohnHerb
6th Nov 2015
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No they should not. The police have a tough enough time as it is so the government should be putting more not less funding into them. We all want a safe society and more police to be visible on the streets. Give them more technology and the tools to do the job and get their moral up. Does make you worry if Mrs Theresa May and the rest of the government have got any idea about leadership and how to manage people.

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