- Research published by the Labour Party shows a further 30,000 police officers could be cut after the next election under Tory spending plans, on top of the 17,000 that have been lost across the country since 2010. This is according to new analysis of George Osborne’s plans to cut spending back to a share of GDP last seen in the 1930s. This would take overall police numbers to below 100,000 – the lowest number since records began.
- Already police forces have set out detailed plans to cut over 1,100 police officers next year according to FOIs collected from the Labour Party. This includes 69 from Derbyshire.
- On Thursday, the Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper MP, will visit Long Eaton police station, which is threatened with closure under Tory spending plans.
- The Home Secretary will warn that five more years of the Tories will see neighbourhood police decimated across the East Midlands.
- Over 800 police officers have gone in the region since 2010, including 174 from Derbyshire, 243 from Leicestershire, 106 from Lincolnshire, 123 from Northamptonshire and 180 from Nottinghamshire.
- These cuts to policing are coming at a time when across the East Midlands, serious crimes like violence with injury, sexual offences, robbery and possession of weapons have gone up.
- Labour have committed to scrapping costly Police and Crime Commissioners and using the £50million set aside for elections next year to protect the 1,100 police officers due to be cut next year.
Speaking ahead of a visit to Derbyshire, Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper will say:
“It’s no wonder people in Long Eaton are worried about the closure of their police station. At a time when police are facing growing pressures, with increases in the East Midlands in some violent crimes, sexual offences and robberies, it is wrong to cut police numbers to the smallest level since comparable records began.
“People in Erewash will be rightly concerned that the Tories are being so complacent with public safety – putting their vanity PCC project ahead of saving police officers. Labour have a different approach. We will scrap PCCs and invest in the frontline, protecting the 1,100 police officers forecast to be cut next year.”