As the government continues to cut funding for police, top officer, Sergeant Simon Kempton raises the alarm that police are ‘very close to losing the streets.’ The operation policing lead for the Police Federation believes the cuts in police numbers is directly responsible for the rise in violent crime.

He has requested the government focus on protecting its citizens, stating that the future looked bleak if officials continue their “gross underfunding of the police service”. Sergeant Kempton has urged the government to stop “underfunding” the police service.

“I think the first and the last duty of any government is to protect its citizens, and if the budgets across government have to be constrained difficult decisions need to be made.”

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