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Police funding out of date, watchdog says

The way in which police forces in England and Wales are funded is "out of date" and "detached" from the changing demands faced by officers, the UK's public spending watchdog says.The National Audit Office says it is unclear if Home Office money is being directed to the right places.Arrest rates and the proportion of crimes resulting in charges has fallen.A Home Office spokesman said the department had conducted a substantial review of police pressures last year.According to the NAO, ministers do not know whether the police system in England and Wales is "financially sustainable". The department had not even forecasted the effect of losing 44,000 police officers and staff since 2010, the watchdog found. The report found: It took 18 ...