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Derek Twigg, MP for Halton

Working Hard for Widnes, Runcorn & Hale

Derek condemns Government cuts to Cheshire Police

18 Apr 2011

Derek has spoken of the anger he shares with local people over the Tory-led Government's police cuts.

Under Labour, 17,000 police officers were recruited in addition to 16,000 new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).  As a result, the chance of being a victim of crime fell to a thirty year low.

Under the Tory-led Hovernment, 12,500 police officers have been cut across the country.  The Government's complacency over these losses is shocking.  The result is that frontline police are being hit.

Derek believes the picture in Halton is increasingly concerning.  Across the region the full force of the Coalition's cuts is being felt with Cheshire Constabulary due to lose 213 police officers and a further 446 police staff over the next four years.

Derek said:

"Although crime has fallen, people in our area always tells me it's still too high.  I agree with them, because any victim of crime is one too many.  That's why I want to continue to see crime fall, as it did by 43% under the last Government.  And that's why I am so angry about the Government's huge 20% cut to police funding.  They are cutting too far too fast and it is hurting frontline policing - it's small wonder why I have been inundated with correspondence from disgruntled police officers who feel undervalued and attacked by this Government."

"Labour's approach is very different.  We set out before the election savings that the police could make over four years, which were then approved by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary as being possible without impacting on frontline services.  Our priority is to listen to the needs of local people and protect frontline police."

"My prority as your Member of Parliament is to push for further reductions in crime.  I want the Government to be getting more frontline officers on the streets, strengthening neighbourhood policing, and taking a zero-tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour.  Ministers seem more interested in cutting police numbers than in cutting crime."

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