Boris Johnson may have hoped to win support with his pledge to recruit 20,000 police officers, but the early signs suggest a bumpy ride ahead for his relationship with the service.
While the announcement makes a catchy headline following years of government cuts to policing and rising crime, the detail remains unclear.
Police leaders have given the pledge a cautious welcome in principle, but questions are mounting over whether the target can be achieved within three years, and what effect the drive will have.
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