Following a statement by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, Lisa Nandy MP has warned that the Coalition’s cuts to public spending could mean literally hundreds of police officers will be taken off Wigan’s streets.
The Home Office has asked each police force to establish plans to make 25% cuts to their budgets. In Greater Manchester, this equates to 2,037 frontline police officers.
The Police Federation has already warned that the cuts will leave the streets less safe for law abiding citizens and that it will be ‘Christmas for criminals’ but it is yet unclear exactly where the cuts will have to come as details will not be announced until the October spending review. However, it has already meant a number of redundancies across the Service and a freeze on recruitment of new officers and will undoubtedly mean further losses in frontline and support staff.
Lisa Nandy said:
Theresa May claims that crime can be reduced at the same time as cutting the number of police officers. The last Government increased the number of police officers on our streets by over 1,000 and crime correspondingly fell by 32%. Not only is the Home Secretary’s statement illogical but it belittles the work of our police officers and flies in the face of the evidence of the past 13 years.
The coalition’s cuts to public spending will not only have an immediate and real impact in our communities but it will also harm any potential economic recovery by cutting jobs and taking demand out of the economy. I will continue to fight these regressive measures both in Parliament and on a local level in Wigan.