The government have been slammed after it was revealed 1,520 Greater Manchester Police officers will be cut.
Criticism has come from numerous corners as the GMP said it must make cuts worth £134m by 2015, shedding around 3,000 posts in the process.
But the recent government announcement has angered Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour MP for Denton and Reddish and member of the Shadow Health cabinet, who was shocked at the figures.
“David Cameron said frontline policing would not be hit by his huge 20% cuts to our force, but the truth is that 913 frontline officers are being cut,” Mr Gwynne said.
“We recognise savings need to be made, but the Government has doubled Labour’s cuts to police funding, and made the steepest cuts in the first two years. That’s not an attack on waste, that’s an attack on the police.
Mr Gwynne added: “Neighbourhood officers, 999 response and traffic police are being cut right across the country, 293 of these visible officers are being lost in Greater Manchester.
Just earlier this month, one superintendent from Greater Manchester Police feared that the summer riots that tore apart Manchester and Salford last summer could happen again due to the force budget cuts.
Local Labour Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate Tony Lloyd said: “The Tory-led Government are cutting our local police, making it harder not easier to fight crime.
“Tory Police and Crime Commissioner Candidates will be cheerleaders for cutting our local police. They support these cuts and are failing to stand up for our communities.
Ian Hanson, chairman of the Greater Manchester Police Federation, said: “This is the reality of what the cuts look like. For the last 18 months the Government has been telling us it won’t affect the front line. This shows it will.
Dep Chf Con Ian Hopkins defended the announcement whilst maintaining the budget cuts had made £63 million in savings without impacting on frontline policing.
“What is more important is how those officers spend their time and whether their effort is resulting in reduced crime and improved service,” he said.