Funding cuts of at least nine per cent in the next two years will cause 'irreversible damage' to policing in Hampshire, a union has warned.
Chief Constable Alex Marshall has vowed to protect as many frontline services as possible until at least April 2012.
But the Home Office announcement - which follows the government's Comprehensive Spending Review in October - has been criticised by Unison.
All-told the county force faces cuts of about 20 per cent in the next four years, as reported in The News.
Yvonne Cleary, south-east regional organiser for the union, branded the cuts 'reckless' and 'damaging.'
She said: 'This coalition government's decision to cut funding to the police is an attack on our communities and will lead to long-term, irreversible damage to Hampshire's policing capability.'
Kathy Symonds, Unison branch secretary, said: 'We welcome what the Chief Constable of Hampshire has said about wanting to protect as many frontline services as possible, but he now has an impossible job to do.'