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MP's concerned as police numbers plummet


2:52pm 26th January 2012

Hugh Bayley, MP for York Central, is calling on the Government to rethink its approach to policing after today’s figures show the Police numbers have fallen to the lowest for a decade, including the loss of 54 from North Yorkshire  since March 2010.

The figures show that there are now 8,000 fewer officers on the streets, at a time when personal crime, which includes theft and violence, has gone up by a startling 11 per cent -- the biggest increase in a decade.

Labour is calling for the Government to reopen the police funding settlement when it is debated in Parliament next month.

Hugh Bayley MP said:

“People in York will have real concerns about the loss of 54 officers here in North Yorkshire. Even deeper cuts to policing budgets will hit this year and Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary estimate the loss of 16,000 officers through this Parliament.

“My constituents value the work that local police officers do in our community. Crime rose under the last Tory government when North Yorkshire got no extra police officers. Labour increased the number of police on our streets in York and North Yorkshire and crime started to fall. Sadly crime is now rising again. I will be voting against the Government’s police cuts next month.”

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP:

"The scale of government cuts has led to the biggest fall in national police numbers in decades at the same time as we are seeing the biggest increase in personal crime.

“David Cameron and Theresa May are letting down communities and turning their backs on the police. They should be battling to cut crime, but they are just cutting the police instead.

“Police numbers have fallen to the lowest for a decade, with 8,000 fewer officers since the election and 6,000 since last year alone. At the same time personal crime including theft and violence has gone up by 11 per cent -- the biggest increase in a decade.

“The Home Secretary's 20 per cent cuts go much further than the 12 per cent recommended by the independent inspectorate and supported by Labour.

“The Prime Minister's decision to cut policing too far and too fast when many crimes are increasing is putting communities at risk. MPs of all parties should vote against the scale of Government’s cuts to their local police force in Parliament on February 8th.”

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