MP hits out at reduction in police officers

WANSBECK MP Ian Lavery has criticised government cuts to policing after figures revealed that the Northumbria force has lost 335 officers since 2010.

The reduction in serving officers is the highest of any north east force.

The figures have been released on the back of news that the proportion of crimes being solved by the police is falling with 30,000 fewer crimes detected in the past year, including 7,000 of violence against victims.

“These figures are even worse than Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Police had predicted,” said Mr Lavery.

“In Northumbria the number of police officers has fallen in two years from 4,187 to 3,852 because of the Government’s ill-thought out policing reforms.

“The cuts mean that across the country there are 11,500 less police officers than there were three years ago and these huge reductions are making it harder for the police to catch criminals.

“Consequently thousands more victims are being denied justice and thousands more criminals are ‘getting away’ with it.

“Chief Constables and their teams, including here in Northumbria, are trying their level best to deal with the growing challenging issues of crime and making people feel safe in their homes, but because of government cuts so many more people are being denied the justice they deserve.”

“As a matter of grave urgency the Government needs to urgently re-think the cuts to next year’s police budgets as well as the reductions in the number of serving officers and stop letting our communities down.”