Plans to reduce the council tax bill for policing in Hertfordshire have been put forward by the county’s police and crime commissioner.
David Lloyd set out the plan in an open letter to residents explaining the force had “high levels of reserves”.
But Neil Alston, chairman of the county’s Police Federation, said he was “staggered” by the suggestion.
He said he could not understand asking for less when the number of officers working for the force had been reduced.
Conservative Mr Lloyd described his plan for “a small reduction” in the police element of the council tax as “an opportunity to reduce the burden” on Hertfordshire council taxpayers.
Mr Alston said: “We have had a huge reduction of frontline officers in Hertfordshire.
“We have gone down from over 2,100 to about 1,950 or so, so for the chancellor to give police and crime commissioners the chance to set the precept higher and for David Lloyd to make it lower – I just can’t understand it.
“As savings have already been made is seems an odd thing for a commissioner to do to reduce the budget.”
Members of the public can comment on the plan until 11 January.
An excerpt from a BBC 2016 News Report