Volunteers manning police stations ‘could soon become the norm’

Ed Balls, Labour’s shadow home secretary, said in response to comments by Policing Minister Nick Herbert, reported by the Daily Mirror this morning, that “helping keep front desks open is a very good use of volunteers”:

“Volunteers deserve praise, as do thousands of trained special constables. But when the government is slashing police funding by twenty per cent, people are right to worry that volunteers manning police stations could soon become the norm across the country.

“It’s increasingly clear that policing is just not a priority for the coalition government. But what do you expect when the Tory Policing Minister thinks there’s no link between the number of police officers and the level of crime?

“The Tory-Lib Dem government wants policing on the cheap, but they are taking big risks with the safety of our communities.”

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Posted November 23rd, 2010 by Ed's team

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