Steve warns of worrying signs for West Midlands Police Force as data shows the damage of Tory cuts

Steve has expressed deep concern over damaging cuts which were reflected in data released by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

 

The latest British Crime Survey shows the biggest increase in all personal crime, 11%, in a decade, which includes crimes such as theft, robbery and violence against the person. Despite this increase the Government is charging ahead with its front-loaded cuts of 20% to the police force which will lead to the loss of 16,000 police officers.

 

Steve McCabe has speculated that disappointing results for the Conservatives at the local elections could reflect these damaging and irresponsible cuts to our police forces.

 

There are around 136,000 Police Officers and their families, plus Special Constables and Scottish Officers, across the country that will be severely affected by the Tories cuts. The Tories were dishonest when they said frontline police services wouldn’t be cut, they have risked a lot of votes by pursuing this policy which was evident in the local election results where there was particularly low turnout.

 

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has released data which shows a shocking loss of 1,022 police officers who respond to 999 emergency calls in the West Midlands. Cuts to West Midlands Police Force contribute to a loss of 5,200 emergency response officers across England and Wales. 

 

Steve McCabe said:

“We are getting new information which shows just how damaging the cuts to our police force are.

 

“David Cameron told us that these ‘efficiency savings’ were going to cut back-office staff. Data released by HMIC shows that between March 2010 and March 2011 police officer strength in England and Wales fell by approximately 4,600. The data also suggests that of those 4,600 officers who lost their jobs, 3,250 of these were front line officers. This is truly shocking.

 

“Police officers I have spoken to feel betrayed and under-valued by this government, many officers who previously voted Tory have told me they will never vote for them again.

 

“The Government’s decision to cut police funding by 20% is plain irresponsible, last year’s riots show just how important a strong police force is. They told us that this cut would not affect front-line services, this is clearly a lie.

 

"Rumours are circulating that CID car usage is being cut and officers are having to take the bus to get to investigations. I do not see how this is a good use of their time and it is not in the interest of the public.

 

“The Government has no plan to cut crime, only to cut police officers.”

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