Scotland's smallest police force has said a reduction in its officer numbers is "likely" in order to cope with serious budget pressures.
Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary has already introduced a recruitment freeze in a bid to tackle the problem.
A report to councillors highlighted that the force's fuel expenditure alone has risen by £140,000 in the last year.
It concluded that in practical terms the easiest way to "manage down" costs would be a reduction in staff numbers.
In his report, chief constable Pat Shearer said he was aware the move came against the background of Scottish Government efforts to fund more officers.
(At least specials are safe... the cheap option. Right? ¬.¬)