David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister, responding to concerns expressed by the Dyfed-Powys 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 20 per cent cuts.
“David Cameron needs to listen to those on the frontline who are protecting our communities. Mr Arundale has warned of a growing "austerity crimewave" hitting some areas of the country.
“The loss of over 16,000 police officers - with over 5,000 already gone from frontline units that respond to 999 emergency calls -is going to impact on how police are able to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour effectively.
“Anti-social behaviour can blight communities and make peoples’ lives a misery, which is why it is astonishing that the Government are weakening the powers police have to tackle it. New measures are a weak rebrand, with a breach of the order not even resulting in a criminal record and the police having to fund these civil proceedings in the first place."