A POLICE force has been so “decimated by cuts” with the feared loss of 1,000 officers that it may have to resort to only responding to 999 calls.
Hampshire Police Federation has today launched a #CutsHaveConsequences campaign to highlight its fears that budget cuts, which have already led to the loss of 600 police officers since 2010, could lead to another 400 being lost in the next two years.
John Apter, chairman of the group which represents officers in the county, said he feared this could lead to officers “dashing from job to job,” responding solely to 999 calls, with no “bobbies” left on the beat.
He said: “Police stations have been closed, specialist units have been reduced and police officers are at risk of becoming an endangered species.
“The public are losing vital skills, experience and, as a result, protection. Police officers will continue to do the very best they can, but with such devastating cuts we ask if our best will be good enough?”