Police chief questions the government’s cuts plans

PRIORITY Chief Constable Alex Marshall
PRIORITY Chief Constable Alex Marshall
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HAMPSHIRE’S top police officer has questioned the government’s level and timing of cuts to policing.

Chief Constable Alex Marshall has said that given the chance he would ask prime minister David Cameron and chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne two key questions. Mr Marshall said he would ask: ‘Are you absolutely sure that you want to make cuts of this level to policing?’ and ‘can you please think very carefully about the timescales of implementing these cuts’.

It comes as Mr Marshall was asked about the levels of police cuts Hampshire Constabulary is having to make.

As reported in The News, the force is set to axe 1,100 posts – hundreds of which will be front-line officers.

Mr Marshall said: ‘These cuts are extremely difficult and regrettable. I’m not happy about them but do not have much of a choice.’

He said he intends to protect neighbourhood teams, local detectives and the emergency call takers.

This week Mr Marshall said he would be sending more specialist officers to London to help with the riots aftermath.