For reasons including the recession, many UK Police forces are having their budgets cut. The Metropolitan Police in London have lost over GBP100 million. The Police Service of Northern Ireland is required to cut GBP17 million from next year.
I hear rumblings that quality of service will suffer, which we can only assume will lead, sooner or later, to miscarriages of justice, which cost more in the long run to sort out. Add that to the redundancies and laboratory closures at the Forensic Science Service and it’s all going a bit Pete Tong.
I know it’s a recession but surely there are other places to cut money before stripping it from the front line of the criminal justice system?