Today in Parliament we debated this year’s police grant funding, an inadequate settlement that doesn’t give the support our police forces need to keep the public safe. Worse than that, it amounts to a £100m real-terms cut on top of the reductions they’ve already seen. Since 2010 we’ve lost 21,000 officers, 17,000 police staff, and 6,000 PCSOs, and crime is rising faster than it has since 1992.
The Tories want to pretend this is all just a coincidence, but they’re starving our police of resources, including our already overstretched counter-terror police. We’d recruit 10,000 new neighbourhood police officers to help keep our streets safe.
Watch the debate here.