Chief constable Julie Spence, speaking after George Osbornes emergency budget last week, said significant trimming of the Governments grant paid to Cambridgeshire police this year meant senior officers were already seeking ways of saving cash. However, the head of the force said in her regular internet podcast that they now know just how much [they] have to tighten [their] belts. She said: I think we all knew that the cuts, when they came, would be tough. What we werent quite expecting was the significant £1.2 million trimming of this years government grant to the force. A budget task force has been set up to examine suggestions for economising and Mrs Spence has already ordered a freeze in recruitment for the foreseeable future, as well as a root and branch review of the way overtime is managed. She explained that all of this was in a bid to protect policing in the countys communities but there WILL be an impact on frontline services if the anticipated further cuts do materialise. Mrs Spence added that frontline staff did not just include police officers on the beat but call takers, crime scene investigators, fingerprint experts and staff who manage the forces infrastructure, such as recruitment and pay, finances and IT. The officer or PCSO on the street could not do their job without these key people behind them, she said. They are all part of the modern day frontline. Cambridgeshire police has also reviewed the opening hours of its police stations and are close to announcing new opening times, which would do away with the needless practice of having front desks manned unnecessarily.