STAFFORDSHIRE Police would struggle to cope with further cuts, a federation chief has said after the force was praised for providing value for money.
Although a report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary found the force was on track to meet £8 million worth of savings over the next two years, police federation chairman Andy Adams doubted whether bosses would be able to manage further reductions.
Staffordshire Police was rated as outstanding in the report which also revealed the number of frontline police officers had actually risen despite a fall in levels overall.
Mr Adams said: "I think the good report is probably down to a combination of the quality and the commitment of local officers and the considered way the force has looked at how and where it can save money.
"In many ways they've been quite forward-thinking about facing the problems – they're always reviewing what they're doing, whereas other forces just wait until cuts are announced.
"We have had a lot of cuts in the last few years, and we're getting towards the point where we can't afford to lose more officers."