Loss of 334 police officers who respond to 999 emergency calls in Greater Manchester condemned by Lisa Nandy MP
Cut in Greater Manchester contributes to loss of 5,200 emergency response officers in England and Wales.
Analysis by the House of Commons library of data provided by every force in England and Wales has shown a shocking cut of 334 in the number of police officers who respond to 999 emergency calls in Greater Manchester.
The independent police watchdog, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, considers the following units as those that respond to 999 calls: Response; Neighbourhood; Community Safety/relations; Probationers (Student Officers); Traffic; Dogs; Mounted.
It is among these units that Greater Manchester has seen a cut of 8%.
Wigan MP Lisa Nandy said: “The blame for these cuts lies squarely with the Tory-led Government. Our Chief Constable has been put in an impossible decision by this Government’s decision to cut police funding by 20%.
“We recognise savings need to be made, but the Government has doubled Labour’s cuts to police funding, and made the steepest cuts in the first two years. That’s not an attack on waste, that’s an attack on the police.
“With the loss of over 300 police officers in teams that respond to 999 calls, the evidence is absolutely clear. This Government has no plan to cut crime, only to cut police officers.”