ACPO isnt exactly an impartial source, its a private company funded from government grants and commercial services as well as lobbying on Police issues such as terrorism and biometrics.
Theyve also recently been in trouble for exceeding their coordinating role by getting involved in undercover operations that have collapsed in some notable failure, not least when their super-ninja undercover cop ended up married to his target and joining their side.
The Labour party are estimating 100,000, ACPO says 28,000, roughly translated theyre all guessing for political and funding reasons.
As if these reductions are not bad enough, they are only part of the package. There are also plans to severely cut back on various allowances and payments that Police officers receive for different bits and pieces that they do. I'm not a copper and I don't always see eye to eye with some of the stuff that they do but I do recognise the value of having a reasonably well paid and up to strength Police force to stop the bad guys.
To be honest no one knows how many jobs will go. According to the report 12000 officers will go and 16000 civilian back office jobs, but the killer is that some of those back office jobs still need to be done or mean officers will have to do themselves such as tape transcribing, so the effect is actually much worse.
Can't see reducing their pay being good for morale. Both my parents are retired Detectives and they certainly weren't well off by any means. I'd be all for getting rid of a few of the higher ranking officers who collect fairly generous salaries for what they do but realistically the rank and file officers will get shafted.