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3:55pm 15th January 2013

Cornwall and Devon are facing an ageing police force.

Figures seen by Pirate FM show the number of officers under the age of 26 has plummeted almost 70% in two years.

That is being put down to the recruitment freeze as part of the cuts.

Nigel Rabbits from the Police Federation said: "We should have a mixture of older and younger officers. Certainly younger officers coming in have links with their friends within the community and it makes it easier for them to empathise with the problems young people have.

"We have an ageing police service. Of course that is the government's strategy at the moment. It's making people work longer and therefore by that very recruitment freeze, everybody is getting older and police officers now have to work until they're sixty years of age."

3:55pm 15th January 2013

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