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Cash-strapped police ‘forced to slash drink-driving checks’ and arrests of drug dealers

COPS have had to slash drink-driving checks and arrests of drug dealers because of lack of cash.

The National Audit Office found roadside breath tests fell from 815,000 in 2009 to 463,000 in 2016.

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Cuts are forcing cops to cut back on drink-drive checks and drug arrests
 Police are struggling to keep up the number of stops that they did in the past
Police are struggling to keep up the number of stops that they did in the past

Drug trafficking and possession offences slumped from 233,000 in 2010 to 136,000 in 2017-18. The figures will pile further pressure on Chancellor Philip Hammond to find cash in the upcoming Budget for struggling police forces who lack equipment or officers to put on patrol.

The report found despite a decrease in general crime of more than a third between 2011-18, there was an upsurge in reporting of “low volume, high harm” crime including terror and sex offences which are far more expensive to investigate.

Despite the police’s £12.3bn overall budget, the watchdog revealed the length of time it took for charges to be applied increased from 14 days on average in 2016 to 18 by last March.

And the proportion of crimes that ended in charges fell from 15 per cent in 2015 to nine per cent this March.

 Only nine per cent of crimes ended in charges in March, down from 15 per cent in 2015

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Only nine per cent of crimes ended in charges in March, down from 15 per cent in 2015

The NAO slammed the Home Office for not grasping the demands facing forces across the country. Boss Amyas Morse, said: “There are signs that forces are already experiencing financial strain and struggling to deliver effective services.”

Labour’s Shadow Policing and Crime Minister Louise Haigh said it was clear cops don’t have the resources they need to carry out their jobs properly.

She blasted: “Ministers haven’t got a clue whether or not forces are financially sustainable.”

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