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Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary, responding to a Sunday Mirror investigation into police cuts, said:

“The Government is cutting the police budget too far and too fast. 6,000 police officers last year alone is just the tip of the iceberg, with over 16,000 police officers in total to go.

“The Home Secretary has said the cuts shouldn't affect the number of officers or frontline services. But the independent inspectorate has made clear that the scale and pace of Government cuts mean many forces have no choice but to cut frontline officers.

“Crime fell by 43% with Labour, but there are already worrying signs already that the drop in crime has stalled and some crimes have started to go up. The cost to families, businesses and the economy of rising crime is immense. The Home Secretary is planning to cut more police officers when she should be setting out plans to cut crime instead."

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