Police candidate Val slams falling police numbers in Essex
Date posted: 30-07-2012
VAL Morris-Cook, Labour’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in Essex has today condemned cuts to policing following the release of police strength statistcs by the home office.
In Essex, police numbers have fallen by 168 full time officers, a 4.7% drop from March 2011 and constituting almost half of the overall number of cuts to police numbers for the whole of the East of England.
Police numbers across the country fell by over 5,000 officers. Surrey was the only police force area to register an increase in police strength.
Val Morris-Cook, the Labour candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner candidate in Essex said:
“Cutting 168 officers from Essex in one year is criminal. The government is not listening to Essex.
“The Tories came to power promising to protect front-line policing but we’ve now seen police numbers fall to their lowest number in 9 years – the cuts have set back policing by a decade. How can we expect the police to bridge these gaps in the front line services without having a major impact on crime?
“I want people in Essex to feel safe in their homes and in their communities. The government’s slash and burn approach to police cuts will make it harder for the police to achieve this.