Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) said he has asked the government for an extra 340 police officers as the county's share of the 6,000 additional recruits promised for next year.
The Home Office has pledged to boost policing numbers with 20,000 new officers over the next three years.
Clive Grunshaw told a PCC panel meeting said he has a “massive concern” that the allocation of additional officers could be based on the size of a force’s budget rather than on where officers have been taken from.
He also fears the 14,000 officers to be recruited during the second and third years of the government’s recruitment drive could go to the National Crime Agency or counter-terror policing rather than local forces.
The Home Office has not responded to a request for comment about the issues raised at the meeting.