Police numbers fall as crime climbs

The number of police officers in England and Wales has fallen for the first time since March 2000, Home Office figures revealed today.

Opposition parties slammed the news as symptomatic of government cuts in policing.

News of the fall in officer numbers comes only days after the British Crime Survey revealed a 4 per cent rise in overall crime, with a 9 per cent leap in armed robberies.

Police numbers fall as crime climbs – Britain – Times Online

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