David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister, commenting on Labour’s approach to the election of Police and Crime Commissioners, said:
“We support the hard work our police forces do day in, day out. That’s why we oppose the Government’s huge 20% cuts to policing, have a more proportionate plan to find savings in the police service, and have commissioned an Independent Review on the Future of Policing to consider the challenges faced.
"We now want to hear from a diverse range of people, from all walks of life, who are interested in becoming a Police and Crime Commissioner in their area. We want people committed to their communities who will work with the police in the difficult job they do.
“We argued in Parliament that the money for these Police and Crime Commissioner elections would have been better spent on 3,000 more police constables in Olympic year, but the Government is pushing ahead with the elections next November instead.
“It’s now important that we do what we can to support the police within this new structure and work to protect our communities in any way we can.”