Making Cuts To Policing Is Wrong

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09 Sep 2010
Neighbourhood policing is crucial to making sure we all feel safer in our homes and villages. Having teams of police and PCSOs on the streets brings greater protection for our communities, helps fight crime and allows residents’ concerns to be aired.

Under the previous Government crime fell by 43% and there were record numbers of police on the beat. However everyone knows that we still have a way to go in the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour. Cutting police officers is certainly not the way to go about it.

One of the first acts of the new Coalition Government was to slash the police budget for this year. Further cuts of between 25% and 40% will be announced in the autumn.

There is no doubt that the Government has its priorities wrong, given that they are talking about putting fewer people in prison for serious crimes and are now threatening cuts to our police officers.