“It is a cheap shot to blame individual police officers," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary.
Commenting on Justice Secretary Jack Straw’s comments on police performance, Chris Huhne said:
“It is a cheap shot to blame individual police officers for the failings of their forces.
“Police forces vary enormously in their effectiveness even though they face the same unnecessary bureaucracy, and the way to improve laggard forces is through strong local accountability with elected police authorities.
“If mergers were the easy way to greater police efficiency, the biggest police force would have the best record in clearing up crime, but the opposite is the case. Bigger is not better.”