Government should listen to cross-party plea on police cuts

Tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph reports that Conservative, Lib Dem, Labour and Independent representatives from the Association of Police Authorities have written to Ministers urging the government to re-think the front-loading of its police funding cuts in order to “avoid long term damage to policing capability”.

In response Ed Balls, Labour’s shadow home secretary, said:

“I hope the government will seriously consider this cross-party plea.

“Police forces have already made clear the speed and scale of the cuts means the frontline can’t be protected by long-term efficiencies. It will inevitably mean thousands fewer police officers, which will undermine the fight against crime.

“But doing all this at a time when there are a growing number of public protests, an ongoing terror threat, the security challenge of the Olympics and an expensive experiment with directly elected police chiefs is a reckless gamble. The government must urgently think again.”

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Posted December 5th, 2010 by Ed's team

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