Graham Fitzgerald
Sky News
August 1, 2010

Police forces accept that they will have to lose officers as part of the Government’s austerity drive, the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers has said.

But Sir Hugh Orde said in order to maintain frontline policing, officers must be freed from desk work and be allowed to use their own discretion more in response to incidents.

He welcomed indications from Home Secretary Theresa May that she is ready to reverse Labour innovations such as anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) and 24-hour drinking.

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