5,800 frontline police jobs to go
Policing Minister Nick Herbert said: "This report makes it clear that the frontline of policing is being protected overall and that the service to the public has largely been maintained."
But shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the report showed frontline policing was being badly hit, with "thousands of officers being lost from emergency response and neighbourhood teams".
And the Association of Chief Police Officers admitted that reducing crime and increasing public confidence in policing will become more difficult over the next few years.
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