David Drew MP challenges government to end "reckless" police cuts
March 28, 2018
Stroud MP, David Drew has warned the Tories are ‘failing to protect the public’ after new figures revealed Tory funding to Gloucestershire is to be cut for an eighth consecutive year as police officer numbers nationwide fall to the lowest level in three decades.
Opposition MPs will today try to force the Government to back Labour’s plan to increase police officer numbers by 10,000 and put “community safety and public security first”.
In Gloucestershire violent crime rose by 26%, and total recorded crime rose by 13% from 2016 to 2017.
Since 2010 Gloucestershire police force has lost 254 officers, almost 20%.
David Drew, the Member of Parliament for Stroud said,
“The public are sick and tired of cuts to our local police meaning there aren’t enough officers to keep our community safe & fight crime. The Tories are failing to protect the public but today they have the chance to back Labour’s plan to put 10,000 officers back on our streets.”
“It’s time they put the safety of our communities first.”
Louise Haigh, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister said:
“While hard-pressed local taxpayers are being asked to pay more, the Conservatives want to force through another year of real-terms cuts to police from Westminster.
“With officer numbers at record lows, it’s time the Tories called time on their reckless cuts and backed Labour’s plan to put 10,000 officers back on our streets.
Number of Police Officers in Gloucestershire
March 2010 – 1,309
September 2017 – 1,055
Down by 254 or 19%
Number of Police Community Support Officers (PCSO)
March 2010 – 148
September 2017 – 113
Down by 35, (24%)