Policing discussions in Tingley

Tingley residents joined me for a discussion about how we can protect local policing. As well as the dozens of people who came along to my meeting, many hundreds more have completed questionnaires.

Their views are clear. The loss of 800 police officers in West Yorkshire will make it harder for our police to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.  

One of the main concerns of those at the meeting was to ensure we protect our local neighbourhood policing teams. Over in Tingley we’ve got a really strong team. People would like to see even more of them.

People also expressed concern about the lack of information about the Police and Crime Commissioner elections coming up in a couple of weeks. However, people have also been very clear to me that they want the new Commissioner to prioritise the protection of local police teams. My views on the elections are clearly on the record but given that £75 million is being wasted on these elections, I’d really like to see stong local Police & Crime Commissioner elected here in West Yorkshire.

Labour’s candidate, Mark Burns-Williamson has already pledged his support for a strong neighbourhood police presence for Morley and Outwood. I hope people will vote for Mark. His values and experience would make him a great Police & Crime Commissioner for our area.

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Posted November 5th, 2012 by Ed