30,000 Police Jobs to be lost under Tory-led Government’s 20 per cent police cuts
The Labour Party is today (Monday 11 April) launching an interactive web-map showing how the Tory-led Government's cuts are affecting police forces across the country.
The map displays updated research showing that over 30,000 police jobs will be lost; including over 12,500 police officers and more than 16,500 police staff and can be found at www.StopPoliceCuts.co.uk
Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:
"StopPoliceCuts.co.uk shows the damaging effects of the Tory-led Government's 20 per cent cuts to policing.
"Across the country over 12,500 police officers and thousands more support staff are being lost and it is local communities that will pay the price.
"The Prime Minister and the Home Secretary claim these cuts won't affect the frontline. But they are completely out of touch. Neighbourhood policing, CID, domestic violence units, fraud, burglary and murder squads are all being affected already. Many forces are losing some of their most skilled and experienced crime fighters.
"Chief Constables are being put in an impossible position. They are rightly doing everything they can to deliver effective policing but the Government is pulling the rug out from underneath them with the scale and pace of these cuts.
"The police can make efficiency savings, but their budget is being cut too far and too fast. And the steepest cuts are in the first few years so police forces don't have time to plan and deliver sustainable change. Instead the frontline is being hit.
"The Tory-led Government is taking too many risks with the fight against crime. The Home Secretary urgently needs change course, before it is too late."
See Labour's police map here >>