Police Cuts: “Irresponsible Gamble with Public Safety” warns Walton MP

(August 31, 2011)

Merseyside Police

Liverpool Walton MP, Steve Rotheram has today attacked the government’s police cuts amidst fears that Merseyside Forces are set to lose more than 650 police officers.

The former Lord Mayor explained, “The first priority of any government is the protection of its citizens, this government are running a serious risk of not being able to perform their primary duty.”

He continued, “The police warned that anything above a 12% cut would lead to a loss of frontline police officers. The arrogance of this government is such that they went ahead with their 20% cut regardless of the advice of the professionals. Now it is ordinary hard working people that are set to pay the price with crime rising and fewer police on the street.”

“In Merseyside, 14.4% of Police Officers have lost their jobs. That equates to 650 Police Staff and a further 103 PCSOs. This is an alarming number and worse still, this is only the beginning.”

Before the last general election Lib Dem leaflets claimed that they would provide 3,000 more police on the beat, now we are talking about 34,000 police officers lost by 2015.  Steve said: “These figures will rightly shock people in Liverpool. No one wants to see fewer police officers on our streets, or fewer police officers working to solve serious crimes, especially at a time of high unemployment.”

“This Government is taking an irresponsible gamble with policing and public safety in Walton. I will be writing to the Home Secretary to try and urge her to do the right thing for ordinary hard working people across this country, and stop these police cuts before it is too late.”

“Crime has stopped going down and thousands of police officers are being lost. David Cameron needs a plan to cut crime, not a plan to cut police officers.”



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