Last week’s figures show that police numbers have fallen to the lowest for nearly a decade, including the loss of 181 in South Yorkshire since March 2010.
The figures show that there are now nearly 10,000 fewer officers on the streets, with the majority of the officers lost coming from 999, neighbourhood and traffic response units - the officers we rely on in an emergency.
I am calling on the Government to change course and implement a proper plan to cut crime, not just police officers. To make our streets safer we need to prioritise neighbourhood policing, take anti-social behaviour seriously, and tackle the causes of crime with police and local authorities working together. The Government should start by ensuring that there is no privatisation of core policing.