Merseyside Police Emergency Response Times in Liverpool Continue to Increase(June 19, 2014)
Walton MP Steve Rotheram has slammed cuts to the Merseyside Police as it has been revealed that response times to the most serious incidents has risen.
Official statistics released by Merseyside Police to the Labour Party show that the police’s ability to respond to the most serious incidents has risen from five and a half minutes in 2009 to more than seven minutes last year.
Steve said, “This is an escalating problem which is set to get worse as the Government’s reckless cuts to the police continue to bite. It is hard to understand how Theresa May can claim that the 20% budget cut she inflicted on the police is not affecting frontline services when the time it takes people in the most severe danger to receive police help is now drastically increasing.
“We ask Merseyside police to do a really difficult job in really difficult circumstances. We need a government that is making their job even harder. The average 90 second increase in response time to these types of incidents is crucial in whether a victim lives or dies or whether the police arrive in time to catch a criminal or they have the chance to get away. These are the margins we are dealing with”.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said: "When people call 999 in an emergency, they need to know help will be there fast. But instead victims are waiting longer and longer for that help.
"Two-thirds of the police forces responding to this survey have shown big increases in average response times for the most serious calls. In some of these cases, seconds matter.
"David Cameron and Theresa May said the front line would be protected but the reality is that vital response units have been heavily cut back.
"The Home Secretary needs to stop blaming the police for her decisions and start working with the police to get victims the response they need."