The number of police officers in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level in nine years – and the biggest drop is in Derbyshire.
In the county, police officer numbers fell 10 per cent from 2,021 at the end of March last year to 1,819 a year later.
Policing and Criminal Justice Minister Nick Herbert said the reduced numbers were a result of “necessary savings” as part of the deficit reduction programme.
He added that service to the public was “largely being maintained” and projections showed 94% of officers would remain on the front line – and the proportion was rising.
Do I feel reassured? Nope!
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