Andy Winter
Sky News
September 14, 2010

Spending cuts could lead to a rise in social unrest that police are unable to cope with, one of the country’s most senior police officers has warned.

Chief Superintendent Derek Barnett is set to urge Home Secretary Theresa May not to make any mistakes as she oversees the most radical policing reform in 50 years.

Amid fears that 40,000 officers’ jobs could go as part of a drive to shave 25% off the cost of policing, Mr Barnett will warn that it “is a fundamental duty of Government to ensure the security of the nation”.

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In a speech to the Police Superintendents’ Association’s annual conference, Chief Supt Barnett is expected to predict “widespread disorder on our streets” in the wake of cuts across the public sector.

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