Newly-released data shows forces up and down the country spent enough on media teams to fund more than 600 frontline officers.
Since 2010, 20 per cent cuts have been imposed by the Home Office.
The number of police officers in England and Wales fell by more than 16,000 between 2010 and March this year from 143,734 to 127,500.
But press office and media relations staff have remained virtually immune from the cuts.
The estimated cost to forces in 2010 was £34million, only slightly more than the current outlay.
Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Very few criminals have been apprehended by a well-targeted press release.
“Taxpayers want bobbies on the beat, not an army of propagandists, and they’ll be furious at this wasteful spending.