David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister, responding to concerns expressed by the West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable, said:
“Yet another Police Chief Constable has been forced to go public over his concerns for the future of policing as a result of the Tory-led Government's too far too fast cuts to the police and large scale contracting out.
“David Cameron needs to listen to those on the frontline who are protecting our communities and are the ones we turn to in emergencies.
“The loss of at least 15,000 police officers - with over 5,500 already gone from 999 emergency response, neighbourhood police and traffic - is going to impact on how police are able to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour and deal with emergencies effectively.
"As Norman Bettison points out today there are risks it will also compromise the ability of the police to respond to the type of riots we saw last year. Police numbers matter. The Government needs to rethink the funding for the police and listen to the professionals and the communities who know what a devastating impact their policies are having."