Lilian Greenwood MP for Nottingham South is calling on the Government to rethink its approach to policing after figures released today show that Police numbers have fallen to the lowest for a decade, including the loss of nearly 200 officers in Nottinghamshire since March 2010.
New national figures show that there are now 8,000 fewer police officers on the streets, at a time when personal crime, which includes theft and violence, has gone up by a startling 11 per cent - the biggest increase in a decade.
The City MP has repeatedly challenged both David Cameron and Nick Clegg to give Nottinghamshire Police the resources they need and reopen the police funding settlement when it is debated in Parliament next month.
Lilian Greenwood said:
“People in our city will have real concerns about the loss of nearly 200 officers already in Nottinghamshire. The deepest cuts to policing budgets will hit this year and HMIC estimate the loss of 16,000 officers through this Parliament.
“Nottinghamshire Police have worked hard to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in our city. I know how much communities value the work that local officers do and I will be voting against the Government’s police cuts next month.”
“I have consistently challenged this Tory-led Government to give our police the resources they need to do the job. It is clear from today’s figures that David Cameron’s cuts are starting to bite. It’s time for Ministers to listen to those who do the job and reopen the police funding settlement.”
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP said:
"The scale of government cuts has led to the biggest fall in national police numbers in decades at the same time as we are seeing the biggest increase in personal crime.
“David Cameron and Theresa May are letting down communities and turning their backs on the police. They should be battling to cut crime, but they are just cutting the police instead.
“Police numbers have fallen to the lowest for a decade, with 8,000 fewer officers since the election and 6,000 since last year alone. At the same time personal crime including theft and violence has gone up by 11 per cent -- the biggest increase in a decade.
“The Home Secretary's 20 per cent cuts go much further than the 12 per cent recommended by the independent inspectorate and supported by Labour.
“The Prime Minister's decision to cut policing too far and too fast when many crimes are increasing is putting communities at risk. MPs of all parties should vote against the scale of Government’s cuts to their local police force in Parliament on February 8.”