Police in England and Wales are taking 'days' to respond to calls that should be dealt with in under an hour, a new report on police effectiveness has said.
What it means: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) – woah that's a mouthful – has argued that police are under increasing stress. There's more demand for police – things like a rising terrorist threat, for example, and less money and less police to fulfil that demand.
According to the Guardian, police budgets have fallen by around a fifth since 2010. HMICFRS said police forces will have £700m less a year in the coming years, as well as fewer officers.