The government has refused to make a full statement to the House of Commons on future funding arrangements for police forces in England and Wale. This comes at a time when we have Sara Thornton, Head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council warning that the public should not expect to see a police officer after crimes such as burglary.
I pressed the Speaker on why the government had failed to inform MPs about looming cuts, but he said he could not force ministers to be more transparent. You can view the exchange by clicking here.
In Merseyside, we have already lost 23 per cent of our police budget and over 700 police officers since 2010.
Across the country, our depleted police force is already facing increasingly complex demands, but with a further 17,000 police officers expected to be cut, this government has made it impossible to maintain the same level of service for communities.
By undermining the ability of police forces to respond to serious crimes such as burglary, the Tories are taking a reckless gamble with the safety and security of our communities.
The revelation that police officers may not be able to attend burglaries reveals a disturbing picture of the police’s capability to protect the public and respond to serious crimes.
It makes it all the more urgent that the government comes clean on its funding plans so that the public fully understands the impact of Tory cuts to come.