“The government’s deep cuts of twenty per cent to policing could mean up to 20,000 fewer police officers, according to the Police Federation. And I’m particularly worried
that specialist policing units, such as those to tackle organised crime, domestic violence or child abuse which the government no longer considers to be part of the frontline, could be the first
to be cut.”
This comes as the latest crime figures suggest that crime has fallen, thanks in part to the last government’s massive
recruitment drive in policing and its increase of the prison population. Deep budget cuts to the Home and Justice departments will leave the coalition, and "http://www.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/6358898/theresa-may-the-target.thtml">especially Theresa May, vulnerable if crime rises. As a pre-emptive defence meaure, May and her team have to start
reiterating Nick Herbert’s point that the police can become much more visible despite cuts to the number of police,
and attempt to deliver that pledge. Also, it would not do too much harm to recall the then Home Secretary Alan Johnson’s "http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8632068.stm">admission that police numbers would fall under a Labour government.