Police stations across Birmingham set to close

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, has expressed his sadness at the announcement that West Midlands Police are set to close a number of police stations across Birmingham.

Steve McCabe MP has expressed his sadness at the announcement that West Midlands Police are set to close a number of police stations across Birmingham.

Steve learned earlier today Warstock Police sub-station is scheduled to close as is Billesley Police Station which although no longer part of his constituency is a recognisable feature of the Billesley area. The closures are part of a programme to close 28 stations over the next two years to help West Midlands Police meet the government imposed cuts target of £120M of savings by 2020. Steve said the cuts were inevitable and he was worried that they might lead to the perception that local community policing is no longer a priority.

Over the last five years West Midlands Police has faced 23% cuts whilst other forces across the UK have faced cuts as low as 12%. The reduced budget has led to a scaling back of neighbourhood policing and is likely to have an impact on neighbourhood community safety in some of the most deprived areas across Birmingham. Steve said that while he and his colleagues are very frustrated by the situation, he is relieved that no further jobs have been lost.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“Obviously no one can be pleased with today’s announcement but I think it is better to close stations than lose Police Officers. This programme represents savings of about £8.5M of the £120M cuts the government has imposed so there’s obviously a long way to go.

“It’s important that Police jobs are protected but I do worry that with further cuts to come, crime figures in my constituency and across Birmingham are likely to go up. There will come a point when there’s nothing left to cut. As the largest police force outside the Met, it is astonishing that the government can continuously impose such cuts without any regard to the long term consequences it will have on communities across Birmingham and the West Midlands.”

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