Police numbers at lowest level

THE number of police officers in England has fallen to its lowest level for a decade – with the biggest reduction in numbers in Derbyshire,.

The figures released by the Home Office show a 7.5 per cent fall – 156 officers – followed by Nottinghamshire, which fell by 6.9 per cent.

Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “Our financial constraints have been well documented and we need to save £24m over four years.

“As part of that a recruitment freeze was introduced and this has meant when people have left they are not being replaced.”