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Metropolitan Police hit back at Cameron personnel claim

David Cameron
David Cameron made the claim in the live TV debate

The Metropolitan Police force has hit back at a claim made by Conservative leader David Cameron that hundreds of its officers are "form-fillers".

Mr Cameron made the comments during the UK's first prime ministerial television debate on Thursday.

He said there were 400 uniformed officers working as "form-fillers" in the human resources department.

The force said more than 350 of the officers were doing important work like training other officers and staff.

They were training community support officers, police drivers and new recruits, it said.

During the discussion on police funding, Mr Cameron said: "Our police officers should be crime-fighters, not form-fillers."



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