Penny-pinching police bosses are considering flogging of the force’s library of books to save cash.
Sussex Police, which last week appointed a new commissioner on £85,000 a year, has been told it needs to save around £55million by 2015, leading to widespread fears that frontline services could be sacrificed.
And a recent meeting the force discussed selling books from its Lewes HQ library to pay for more computers.
Cancelling subscriptions to magazines have also been identified as a way of saving £12,000 a year.
Sussex Police will still subscribe to local papers.