Copeland MP calls on Home Secretary to preserve Cumbria Police Numbers

21 January 2015

Cumbria Constabulary is set to lose over 150 front line police officers by 2019 as a part of a £10.8 million budget cut over the next four years. Copeland MP, Jamie Reed has written to the Home Secretary demanding that the Government now intervenes to preserve local frontline policing.

Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper recently set out how the Government could save £250 million to protect front line police officers:

  • Savings of at least £172 million a year by reforming police procurement through mandatory joint purchasing of equipment by police forces. 
  • Scrap elected Police and Crime Commissioners – saving £50 million next year – in order to save 1,100 police officers throughout England. 
  • Implement full-cost recovery for gun licensing, raising £17.2 million a year, and levy increased fees for police driver offender retaining, raising £9 million a year. 

Copeland MP and Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, Jamie Reed MP said:

“People in Cumbria will be very concerned at the loss of these police officers.

“The safety and security of my constituents always comes first and the Government can’t allow this to be put at risk by shrinking the Cumbria Constabulary. Our police Service is one of the most consistently effective and successful in the country. Nationally, we should be looking at how we replicate this success, not throwing frontline police officers out of work. Labour has set out clearly how we can make budget savings so that we can protect front line policing. The Government should now back our plans. 

“I have written to the Home Secretary calling on her to prevent any cuts to front line jobs at Cumbria Constabulary”

The letter from Jamie Reed MP to Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Home Secretary –

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Secretary of State for the Home Department
Home Office
2 Marsham Street
LONDON
SW1P 4DF

21st January 2015

Dear Home Secretary,

Cuts to Police Numbers in Cumbria

It is reported that Cumbria Constabulary is being forced to cut 155 front line police officers between now and 2019.  This is due to government budget cuts of £10.8 million.  These cuts will reduce the size of the Constabulary serving England’s second largest county by 14%.  This is unacceptable.

The safety and security of the people of Cumbria must come first and this cannot be put at risk through cutting front line police  staff.  Late last year, the Shadow Home Secretary set out plans to make £250 million worth of savings that would allow front line policing to be protected.

These included:

  • Savings of at least £172 million a year by reforming police procurement through mandatory joint purchasing of equipment by police forces.
  • Scrap elected Police and Crime Commissioners – saving £50 million next year – in order to save 1,100 police officers throughout England.
  • Implement full-cost recovery for gun licensing, raising £17.2 million a year, and levy increased fees for police driver offender retaining, raising £9 million a year.

Prior to the General Election, David Cameron told Andrew Marr:

“What I can tell you is, any cabinet minister, if I win the election, who comes to me and says: “Here are my plans,” and they involve front-line reductions, they’ll be sent straight back to their department to go away and think again.”

The proposed reduction in front line policing in Cumbria – in one of the country’s most effective Constabularies- cannot be justified. I am now asking you to intervene to halt these front-line policing cuts so that ensure front line policing in Cumbria is protected in the best interests of my constituents and all of those served by the Cumbria Constabulary.

I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Jamie Reed MP
Member of Parliament for Copeland

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