Unlike many others, the cops have come up with a brilliant line:
Everyone's going to be on the streets protesting your other budget cuts. If you cut our funding, there won't be enough of us to stop them marching on Downing Street and stringing you up from the lampposts.
I paraphrase, but that's basically the gist of it.
"In an environment of cuts across the wider public sector, we face a period where disaffection, social and industrial tensions may well rise," says Barnett in his draft speech to the annual police superintendents' conference, which takes place in Cheshire.
"We will require a strong, confident, properly trained and equipped police service, one in which morale is high and one that believes it is valued by the government and public."
'It's the lads, sarge. They want to crack lefty heads, but they're worried about their jobs. Knuckledusters cost money, y'know'.
Got to admire that level of cunning!