Looming government spending cuts will lead to fewer police on the streets of North Yorkshire, the county's chief constable has warned.
The county's force expects budget cuts of about 25% over the next four years.
Grahame Maxwell said the budget restraints would probably mean no new police officers would be recruited in North Yorkshire for three years.
He said: "You cannot make a 25% reduction in your budget without affecting front-line service delivery."
He added: "The public will see reduced levels of policing."
Mr Maxwell said back office services, including personnel, finance and IT, would have to be run on a regional basis in collaboration with colleagues in the West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Humberside forces.
"It is going to be a very different service and we are going to have to think differently about how we are going to deliver it."
- 13 October 2010