Warning over police cuts as federation campaign goes on

Police release images of items relating to burglaries in Fareham and Gosport. Credit: Hampshire Constabulary.

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THE head of Hampshire’s police federation has urged members of the public concerned about police cuts to speak to politicians.

John Apter, pictured, who represents frontline officers in Hampshire police, spoke as the branch continues its Cuts Have Consequences campaign.

Mr Apter warned the force has lost 600 officers since 2010 and there are fears another 400 could go in two years.

And he added 33 police stations will close in the next three years.

‘The public tell us that policing is a priority to them, they support their local force, they want policing to remain an integral part of their community,’ Mr Apter said.

‘We need people’s help in getting this message to our MPs, prospective MPs and all local politicians.

‘Ask where they stand on policing cuts.’

Buses in Fareham, Portsmouth and Waterlooville are now carrying adverts warning of what the federation says are crippling £80m cuts to the force.

‘The risk of future cuts to policing is a real one,’ said Mr Apter.

‘With all that has been taken out of policing there is nothing more to give.

‘Further cuts would force decisions to be made which would have been unthinkable a few short years ago.’