South Yorkshire PCSO plans the real consequence of Govt cutting 16,000 police officers - Cooper

13 April 2012

Yvette CooperYvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, said:

"This is the real consequence of the Government cutting 16,000 police officers - including 430 in South Yorkshire. Neighbourhood policing was one of the best things to be introduced by the Labour government where both police officers and PCSOs worked together with local communities to cut crime.

"Yet across the country police officers are now being cut from the neighbourhood frontline as the scale of cuts mean officers are being overstretched.

"PCSOs do a great job, but there is huge value when police officers who are working on local crime and antisocial behaviour - for example pursuing ASBOs, carrying out arrests, monitoring persistent offenders - and also who know and are well known by the communities they police.

"David Cameron promised that the frontline would be protected - yet we know that 5,000 police officers have already been taken out of 999 response teams, neighbourhood teams and traffic units. The Government is out of touch with people's concerns and taking risks with crime and anti-social behaviour. They should urgently think again on the scale of police cuts they are forcing through."