Even Theresa May must see that there is a high risk, if not a certainty, that her haphazard cuts and unfairness of distribution will remove many such constables even as the nature of crime is changing and the threat of the most serious crimes is increasing. There will be many more victims - and it is them we will be thinking of when we hear Thursday's announcements.
The Police Service of England and Wales is suffering the biggest cuts of any in Europe. Police Forces are being asked to do more with less. Almost 16,000 police officers have already gone and the police workforce will have reduced by 34,000 by the time of the General Election. With the thin blue line stretched ever thinner, the public is seeing ever fewer Bobbies on the beat.