Willy Bach and Simon Cole, in charge of policing in Leicestershire, say the cuts have gone too far; DCI Louise Fleckney says officers pick up the pieces when other services fall apart; John Starbuck says policing is about more than crime

Your editorial is welcome even if your conclusions are a little confusing (Money is not the only answer but effective policing is at great risk, 26 June). Our force is medium-sized and covers a very diverse area ranging from deep inner city to very prosperous rural areas. Some things are constant – our population is continuing to increase heavily, there is a reduction of other services, more vulnerability, and the complexity of a digitally enabled world.

When we consult with the public they never, ever ask for less policing. But without more investment that is exactly what they are going to get.

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