Bob Ainsworth is calling on the Government to change course after figures released this week show that Police numbers have fallen to the lowest for nearly a decade, including the loss of 800 in the West Midlands since March 2010.
The figures show that there are now nearly 10,000 fewer officers on the streets, with the majority of the officers lost coming from 999, neighbourhood and traffic response units – the officers we rely on in an emergency.
Labour is calling for the Government to change course and implement a proper plan to cut crime, not just police officers.
“People from the West Midlands want to see police on their streets, but these figures show the Tory-led Government’s cuts mean 800 have already been lost from our local communities, with more cuts to come.
“Crime fell by 43 per cent with Labour according to the British Crime Survey. The same survey shows this progress has ground to a halt under the Tory-led Government during which time we now know they have cut nearly 10,000 officers.
“We need real change from this Government to make our streets safer. Prioritising neighbourhood policing, taking anti-social behaviour seriously, tackling the causes of crime with police and local authorities working together, ensuring no privatisation of core policing, and building strong communities with respect to all and responsibility by all.”