A new report has highlighted the fact that the police force across the UK has spent over £82 million over the last three years on translation services. It is thought that the police have had to fork out such a large chunk of their budget so that they can effectively communicate with migrant criminals, victims and witnesses.
In 2004 the EU allowed Poland and other eastern European countries to join its ranks and since then translation costs have been soaring.
It is estimated that the police spend approximately £75,000 a day on translators which could equate to 3,542 extra officers on the beat.
The latest figures have been highly criticised as they come at a time when the police force have had to take officers off the beat as a result of spending cuts. Some forces have had to impose pay freezes but it seems as though the costs of paying for translators is rising at a great rate. .
However, the police are aware that they need to serve all of the community and in areas where a diverse range of languages are spoken it is a must to be able to communicate effectively with the public.
The government are responding to the high spend though by imposing an £18 million cut this year on translation budgets.