The British government’s cuts to police budget are taking toll on detective officers in England and Wales, a new poll shows.
According to a survey of over 4,000 detectives across England and Wales published on Friday, nearly four-fifths (78 percent) of detectives believe the police service to the public has deteriorated since the Coalition came to power in 2010.
The poll, which was conducted by the Police Federation’s National Detectives’ Forum (PFNDF) between September 2 and 22, also found that some 56 percent of respondents think their workload has “increased substantially” over the last three years, while 67 percent feel they are emotionally drained from work.
“These results give me great cause for concern as the safety and welfare of our members and the public is paramount. We cannot ignore the potential over-riding consequences of doing more with less, the most significant being public safety,” said Paul Ford, Secretary of the PFNDF.
Earlier in March, British Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander warned that the country’s armed forces and the police will face further spending cuts.
He said the slashes to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Home Office are due in 2015-16 under the UK government’s plans for imposing £11.5 billion of further cuts.