It has emerged that 74 Gwent Police Officers are planning to to take voluntary redundancy under a new Home Office Exit Scheme designed to save money.
Chief Constable Jeff Farrar has pledged he will protect frontline services in Gwent following the shock announcement.
CC Farrar has announced more officers would be recruited with redundancies would be staggered.
However not all 74 officers will be replaced confirmed Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston have pledged.
More forces across the UK are set to announce that officers will be leaving in droves under the new exit scheme.