Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham has warned that police cuts could leave Birmingham and the West Midlands unable to deal with a Paris-style terror attack.
The warning came as the Labour MP visited the Witton Lodge Community Association in Perry Common with leader Jeremy Corbyn to launch the party’s police and crime commissioner election campaign.
He said that, after six years of cuts and with a further four years to go, there was growing anxiety among police forces about the level of service they could provide to communities .
This year West Midlands Police has seen £126 million cut from its budget since 2010, with more to come this year despite a council tax rise.
Mr Burnham said: "Austerity has torn a hole in the safety net that should be under every community and can't go on. People are saying enough is enough."
He said that the ratio of police per head of population was one of the lowest in Europe.
"The question is, this is what police experts say, if God forbid there was a Paris-style attack outside London, in the Midlands or the North, is there the ability to surge enough police officers onto the streets to deal with that?
"Increasingly, people are saying to us they don't think there are enough officers. Not just community officers, but firearms units, specially trained officers.
"The Government’s got a lot explaining to do to show it is not compromising security."
During the visit, Mr Corbyn, asked about the Prime Minister's criticism of his suit the day before, joked that Mr Cameron was "jealous".
The Prime Minister had said the opposition leader should "put on a proper suit".
Mr Corbyn, who wore a red tie with a dark jacket, said: "He’s actually jealous of the jacket. You know what he’s really jealous of - that I can go shopping in the great shopping centre of the world, Holloway Road - N7.
"And he’s stuck with Bond Street."
Later on during their West Midlands tour in Willenhal, Mr Burnham added: "The Prime Minister had a go at his jacket, but I think it’s very nice - don’t you?"