Police officers in England and Wales are to asked if they want the right to strike.
Currently officers are unable to take industrial action but the Police Federation says its national committee has “voted unanimously” to ballot its entire 135,000 membership over the issue.
In a statement the Federation says it will “explore all the consequences, including the legal position, with regards to police officers obtaining full industrial rights.”
The Federation has also announced plans for a rally in Central London “in order that police officers, families, friends and supporters can show their strength of feeling against the budget cuts being applied to policing and the consequences for public safety.”
The rally will take place before the Police Federation annual conference in May.