Sara Thornton asserted each police compel is making choices about what to organize while managing an expanded request and demand increment.
Ms Thornton, who seats the National Police Boss’ Board, needs to ensure everyday policing is not overlooked as more is requested of powers.
The previous Thames Valley chief cautioned that police risked losing touch with communities as officers are taken off the road and cash and resources are furrowed into anti-terror to fear operations.
Mrs Thornton guaranteed the present weight on the service is “not sustainable” in spite of Government asserts that the police are reasonably resourced.
The senior officer is calling for and “open-minded dialogue” with the
She said: “Withdrawal from communities risks undermining their trust in us, at a time when we need people to have the confidence to share information with us.
“Police chiefs will do all they can to protect the public from terrorism. We will make choices about what we prioritise and where we invest. Some of these choices may be difficult and unpalatable to the public but we can make them if necessary.”
In an open letter, below is what she wrote:-
With officer numbers at 1985 levels, crime up 10 per cent in the last year and police work becoming ever more complex, this additional pressure is not sustainable.
An effective response to an attack is just one part of our counter-terrorism effort. And it will never be as good as preventing them in the first place.
We’re particularly concerned about the resilience of local neighbourhood policing. Fewer officers will cut off the intelligence that is so crucial to preventing attacks.