Figures just announced by government show that core funding for police budgets will not be increased from last year. Taking inflation into account, that means Dorset will face a real-terms cut of £1.26m.
Local Police and Crime Commissioners will be forced by government to raise the police precept in their areas, which the Liberal Democrats have branded a "stealth council tax rise."
Liberal Democrat Candidate for Throop & Muscliff, Muriel Turner said:
"The Conservatives are ignoring calls from senior officers to increase investment in our police.
"The impact of this cut in police budgets will be felt in our communities and on our streets. Even the Conservatives’ attempt at a stealth council tax rise won't be enough to protect local police forces. I’m shocked that Ministers are ignoring the alarming rise in serious crime with this short-sighted decision."