Message from Steve:
"Going into the local elections in Liverpool, I think it is worth reminding ourselves about the Tories record on crime. They claim to be the party of law and order, and yet on their watch, crime is on the increase...
Tories Record on Crime
- The Tories are making 20 per cent cuts to policing that go too far too fast and will lead to the loss of over 16,000 police officers by 2015. These frontloaded Tory cuts mean there are already 323 fewer Merseyside Police officers today than in May 2010 and there will be 650 fewer by 2015.
- Personal crime, including theft, robbery and violence, has gone up by 11 per cent over the last year – the steepest rise for over a decade. The Tory-led Government is out of touch with communities, prioritising cutting police officers not cutting crime.
- The Tories are taking risks with the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour.
- We need strong tools to deal with antisocial behaviour, but the Tories are weakening action by removing crucial powers for the police to tackle anti-social behaviour and nuisance neighbours and making it harder for communities to install CCTV. They are turning their backs on communities when they need them the most.
- David Cameron’s huge 20 per cent cuts to the police will lead to the loss of over 16,000 officers by the next election, putting the safety of our communities at risk
- The Tories are making it harder to fight crime and weakening action on anti-social behaviour at a time when personal crime, including theft, robbery and violence, has gone up by 11 per cent over the last year - the steepest rise for over a decade
- The Tories are scrapping ASBOS, taking away police powers to deal with antisocial behaviour and tools to tackle nuisance neighbours and making it harder for communities to install CCTV
- The Tory-led Government is spending over £100 million on bringing in elected Police and Crime Commissioners, the equivalent of over 3,000 new police constables. Labour would spend this money on keeping police on the beat
Labour’s Crime Pledges
- Labour would protect frontline policing, because keeping police on the beat is the best way of keeping our communities safe
- We will back neighbourhood policing and strong action against crime and anti-social behaviour
- Many Labour councils are also working for safer streets and neighbourhoods by extending CCTV coverage – for example in Newcastle upon Tyne and Islington
- We believe in proactive community policing, with more powers and authority to deal with low-level antisocial behaviour there and then when it can be done and swifter recompense for victims
- Labour’s pledge to you on crime and policing Labour councils will tackle anti-social behaviour, including prioritising support for PCSOs and using all the powers they have to clamp down on troublemakers, in order to limit the damage of the Tory-led Government’s cuts to front-line policing.
- Labour will stand up for local communities. We would protect police numbers and take strong action against crime and anti- social behaviour to keep you and your family safe. We would have had to make tough choices, but with Labour’s plans for a 12 per cent cut to the police budget the number of police officers and frontline services could be protected.
- Labour would protect police numbers and take strong action against crime and anti-social behaviour to keep you and your family safe.
- Labour supports strong and swift police action to all complaints about anti-social behaviour. We believe in proactive community policing, with more powers and authority to deal with low-level antisocial behaviour there and then when it can be done and swifter recompense for victims.
- Faced with cuts to frontline police numbers as a result of the Tory- led Government’s cuts, Labour councils are taking action to help local policing teams keep streets safe, many by funding additional Police Community Support Officers.