There is deep concern over the governments austerity cuts to the Police service. A dramatic change in neighbourhood policing in Surrey will see fewer officers on the streets and hundreds of jobs cut, as cyber crime and other offences rise.
Indeed, there are reports that in Surrey 234 staff members and 32 officers will lose their jobs as a result of the restructure, which is a bid to save £25m over the next four years. These cuts will take place despite the fact that over the past three years there has been a 153% increase in rape, 122% increase in sexual offences, and 34% increase in domestic violence.
With new types of cyber crime emerging, and terrorist threats and attacks evident throughout Europe, now is not the time to be cutting back on police numbers. Indeed, Sit Hugh Orde, the outgoing president of ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers), has already warned that the ‘Tory cuts will increase the risk of terror attacks‘. Britain’s counter terrorism chief has also advised that ‘Police Officers are vital to thwart terrorist attacks‘.
The UK needs to be reinforcing security – not weakening it.
Independent Police Commissioner Kevin Hurley will be a guest speaker of Surrey Labour Party on Saturday 28th November at 10.30am. Venue: Owen House (Nr the Railway Station), Woking.
FOOTNOTE: In his Spending Review of the 25th November 2015 the Chancellor, George Osborne, has responded to pressure from the Labour Party, and the public, and announced that he is scrapping his planned ‘Cuts in Police Funding’. This Tory U-turn is welcomed, but we must read the small print before we start cheering.