The chief minister has warned the Island's police force cannot be made a special case, despite fears the highly successful neighbourhood policing strategy might suffer if spending cuts are made.
In his annual report to be presented to Tywnald next month, Chief Constable Gary Roberts has warned something might have to give in the present policing set up, if cash savings are imposed.
He points out the constabulary's headcount has already been reduced and the current community policing model works well, helping to reduce crime - and has proved popular with the public.
But Allan Bell says the constabulary is one of many organisations providing a vital public service - and must work to streamline its operations and reduce costs in the current climate.
It was put to the chief minister the key role the police force plays in protecting the public offer grounds to avoid further cutbacks: