Government figures show that spending on overtime for police officers went up by nearly 50% in just five years. Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Huhne said:
“Spurious and unnecessary overtime must end but not at the expense of front-line policing.
“Three quarters of forces have made it clear that large overtime expenditure is due to a lack of police.
“That is why the Liberal Democrats are the only party committed to putting 3,000 more police on the street.”