Emergency Call Response Cuts
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27 Mar 2012
Analysis by the House of Commons library of data provided by every force in England and Wales has shown a cut in the number of police officers who respond to 999 emergency calls.
The independent police watchdog, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, considers the following units as those that respond to 999 calls: Response; Neighbourhood; Community Safety/relations; Probationers (Student Officers); Traffic; Dogs; Mounted. It is among these units that South Yorkshire Police has seen a cut of 48 police officers.
South Yorkshire Police have been put in an impossible decision by the Government’s decision to cut police funding by 20%. With a loss of police officers in teams that respond to 999 calls, the evidence is absolutely clear. This Government has no plan to cut crime, only to cut police officers.