ACPO lead on finance and resource Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell said:
“The police service is acutely aware of the current pressures on public accounts and we acknowledge the need to make our share of reductions in spending. The full extent of the cuts we face will not become clear until after the comprehensive spending review in the autumn, but we are planning for a range of scenarios, both as individual forces and as a service.
"If the cuts are at the lower end of the spectrum, then it may be possible to address a sizeable proportion of these through reductions in non-staffing costs and by making savings through further improvements in process and more efficient procurement. If the proposed cuts are larger, then inevitably this will impact upon the numbers of police staff and officers. This is a risk but forces are bracing themselves for those tough choices. The impact will be felt differently on each individual force, but chief constables will be doing all they can to protect the front line and to provide the best possible policing service with the resources available to them.”
Notes for Editors
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• ACPO’s 338 members consist of 251 Chief Police Officers from the Home forces of Assistant Chief Constable rank (Commanders in the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police) and above, plus 70 Senior Police Staff members from the 44 forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Non Home forces such as British Transport Police have 14 Chief Police Officer members and there are 3 members from the Service Police.