25 Oct Policing for the future
The Liberal Democrats have demanded that the Chancellor increases funding for community policing when he delivers his Budget on Monday.
Policing for the futureIn respect of the report from the Home Affairs Select Committee called ‘Policing for the future’, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey MP said:
“Unnecessary Conservative police cuts have already made our streets less safe. The Home Office’s own analysis shows that police cuts have likely contributed to the rise in serious violent crime, yet the Conservatives continue to squeeze forces’ budgets.
The Liberal Democrats demand better. We’re calling on the Chancellor to use his Budget to give police forces an extra £300 million a year to recruit more officers and boost community policing.
If the Chancellor refuses to give police the funding they need, he should make sure that some of his extra money for the NHS is used to improve health services for people in mental health crisis, to stop the burden falling on police officers.”
Liberal Democrat PPC for Leeds North West, Kamran Hussain added:
“As a solicitor based in Leeds for the last 15 years, I regularly meet police officers here in the city. They work hard but struggle to meet the demands, given the cuts they are constantly facing.
Members of the public rightly point out that the police fail to attend crime scenes, but the police are overstretched and underfunded due to a Conservative Government who is making constant cut backs.
It is time this Government recognised the hard work done by the police in protecting us and invested in them. Community policing is a key to making us safe. We want to see the police on the streets dealing with crimes, not fearing for their jobs.”