THE DEPUTY LEADER of Thurrock Council, cllr Valerie Morris-Cook is the Labour candidate for the post of Essex Police Commissioner.
The post is bound to be a demanding role as well as a controversial one.
Cllr Morris-Cook has never shirked a challenge as a civic leader and as a professional but this will be a different role.
Last weekend, Val toured the south of the county, taking on Brentwood, Southend, Canvey and Thurrock.
One of Val’s key concerns, she says is 97 frontline police officers in Essex have been cut under the Tories
Val Morris-Cook has pledged to stand up for Essex against the Tories’ 20 per cent cuts to policing. This follows news today that 97 frontline police officers in Essex have been cut.
Val Morris-Cook said: “I won’t stand by and let the Tories become cheerleaders for the police cuts in Essex. I will stand up to protect this community and fight crime.
“Figures today show that there has been a 3% drop in the number of frontline officers here. The Tories should be trying to fight crime and support the police. Instead they are cutting your police officers.They
don’t have a proper plan to cut crime. We need real change from this
Government to make our streets safer.”
Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, added:
“These figures show the frontline is being hit even further and faster than
anyone predicted, and PCCs will be put in an impossible position.
“6,800 frontline officers have gone in two years compared to the 5,800 that
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate predicted would be lost over five years. Given
the concern over community safety it is no wonder the Government is looking
for someone else to blame.
“Holding the elections for Police and Crime Commissioners in November is
more expensive too, costing over £100m when that money could have kept more
officers in post.
“We know Theresa May will try to hide behind PCCs as communities deal with
the serious consequences of losing so many officers from our high streets
and community beats. Yet it is Government decisions which are undermining
the ability of the police to fight crime.”