Police 'must take share of cuts'
The relationship between police and the public would be damaged if officers were not seen to be taking their share of public sector cuts, the Policing Minister has said.
Nick Herbert said fairness must be at the heart of the reforms, but police forces could not be immune from the need to make savings.
He also warned that forces would face losing even more officers and staff if no action was taken to change police pay.
"Indeed, I think it would potentially cause those who work in the police service difficulty if others in the public sector were playing their part and they, as individuals in the police service, weren't," he said. "I think that would damage the relationship between the police and the public.
"The whole country knows we have to deal with the deficit and that means taking tough decisions. I believe there is general recognition among police officers that the police service must play its part."
Speaking at a policing conference in central London, Mr Herbert went on: "Failing to act would place forces in a position where more jobs were threatened than would otherwise be the case if action could be taken in relation to pay.
"We are simply in a different era now and, frankly, I believe we all know it. Police cannot be immune from the need to make savings."
Mr Herbert's comments came after tens of thousands of officers considered taking to the streets in protest over cuts to their pay recommended in the most wide-ranging review of police terms and conditions in more than 30 years.
But former rail regulator Tom Winsor, who carried out the review, said more than £1 billion of savings should be made, with most of this being redistributed from officers with comfortable back-office jobs to those on the front line.
There was a simple way of saving £720 million, Mr Winsor told the conference, but that would have been "a step too far".