BRITAIN'S spiralling foreign aid budget has seen £185million spent on foreign police forces in countries such as Bangladesh, Congo, Nigeria and Malawi – while UK police budgets have been cut by 20 per cent since 2011.
Only two weeks ago, Steve White, the chairman of the Police Federation, warned that British police officers are being "stretched to the limit" due to Government spending cuts.
According to Mr White, 17,000 officers have lost their jobs since austerity measures came into force, while the Labour Party has warned that 30,000 could soon be axed under new Home Office plans.
Mr White also said the dramatic cuts mean that Britain's traditional 'bobby on the beat' could soon be a relic of the past.
However, despite the Government slashing the police budget at home, Britain's Department for International Development (DfID) has given hundreds of millions to governments abroad.
While British bobbies face an uncertain future, countries like Bangladesh, Nigeria and Malawi have seen part of Britain's £12 billion foreign aid budget go towards their own new police stations and increased patrols.
Amid planned cuts to departments such as the Home Office and Ministry of Defence, David Cameron has protected the foreign aid bill at 0.7 per cent of national income - £461 for every household in Britain.
Jonathan Isaby, of the TaxPayers Alliance, said: "The authorities need to focus on bobbies on the beat at home, not overseas."
Home Secretary Theresa May recently accused police chiefs of "crying wolf" and "scaremongering" over the Government's budget plans.
Theresa May has hit back at police chief "scaremongering" over the budget reduction plans
She also hinted at a further revamp of the police force at the annual Police Federation conference last month.
Mrs May, touted as a future Tory leader, told the conference: "This kind of scaremongering does nobody any good – it doesn’t serve you, it doesn’t serve the officers you represent, and it doesn’t serve the public."
"The truth is that crime fell in each of those years and our country is safer than it has ever been. So please – for your own sake and for the thousands of police officers who work so hard every day – this crying wolf has to stop."
A Government spokesman said: 'It is firmly in Britain's interests to support police and legal services in developing countries since it helps tackle the root causes of problems that affect us here, including crime, corruption and extremism.'