Police protests over cuts
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Police debate cuts ahead of Theresa May address

Home Secretary Theresa May will be told she is close to destroying a police service "admired" around the world when she attends the Police Federation Conference in Bournemouth.

Forces in England and Wales are experiencing budget cuts of 20%, and are in line for some of the most radical reforms for 30 years.

Mrs May is expected to tell the rank-and-file officers that the government is standing firm, and that cuts and reforms are essential.

Vice-Chairman of the Police Federation Simon Reed told BBC Breakfast that the effects of the cuts were already being seen, but Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Peter Fahy said the reforms were being managed properly.

  • 16 May 2012
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