Government Refuse to Give Reassurance Over Police Numbers

Copeland MP Jamie Reed has slammed the Government’s refusal to give assurances over police numbers in Cumbria.

Following reports that Cumbria Constabulary will have seen cuts of £46 million in the ten-year period up to 2020, Jamie Reed MP sought assurances from the Home Secretary that she would take action to ensure that any budget cuts would not result in a reduction in police numbers.

The Government refused to give any assurances, merely stating that ‘police workforce is a matter for Chief Constables to take locally in conjunction with their democratically-elected Police and Crime Commissioners.’

Jamie Reed called the Government inaction ‘shameful’ and said that ‘people will understandably see this as confirmation that the Government are planning to force cuts to police numbers in Cumbria.’

Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:

“Communities throughout Cumbria rely on police to keep our streets safe.  The Government’s planned cuts to this key service is indefensible.

“I asked the Government directly to ensure that any cuts would not impact on front-line services and that police numbers would be protected.  That the Government have refused to act to protect police numbers is shameful and people will understandably see this as confirmation that the Government are planning to force cuts to police numbers in Cumbria.

“The strength of feeling in Cumbria is clear: these cuts should not go ahead.  Cuts of this magnitude could undermine the effectiveness of policing in Cumbria.  The Government must think again.”
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