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Derek Twigg, MP for Halton

Working Hard for Widnes, Runcorn & Hale

Derek attacks Government's cuts to local policing

30 Jan 2012

Derek is calling on the Government to rethink its approach to policing after latest figures show that police numbers have fallen to the lowest for a decade, including the loss of 102 officers in Cheshire since March 2010.

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

Labour is calling on ministers to re-open the police funding settlement when it is soon debated in Parliament.

Derek said;

"People in Halton will have real concerns about the loss of 102 officers across the Cheshire Constabulary. The deepest cuts to policing budgets will hit this year and Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary estimates the loss of 16,000 officers throughout this Parliament.

Halton residents value the work that local police officers do in our community and I will be voting against the Government's police cuts in February.  I pay tribute to the dedication, commitment and hard work of our local police officers and police community support officers.  I am regularly contacted by constituents who are police officers, expressing concerns about this Government's crime and policing policies.

I urge the Government to change course and take decisive action to meet the public's concerns on these issues."

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