Whether we like it or not, there is no getting away from the fact millions of pounds have been slashed from our police force’s budget in recent years.
Many argue services such as policing should be ring-fenced and protected from the Government’s spending axe.
Crime regularly tops the list of key issues that affect our lives and the mantra that an Englishman’s home is his castle leads us to being rightly protective towards our property.
Burnley’s top cop has spoken openly and candidly about the challenges facing our bobbies with the real threat of a reduction in front-line services ahead.
Unpalatable? Yes. Avoidable? Sadly, no.