A THINNER BLUE LINE AS CAMERON AXES HUNDREDS OF THE REGION’S POLICE OFFICERS

Policeman534 Police Officer posts cut in the North East and Cumbria since General Election

New official figures released today show the true extent of the cuts to the region’s police forces under the Conservative-led government.

The Home Office statistics show that the number of police officers serving in the North East has shrunk by 451 since the General Election in 2010, with over 200 posts lost in the six months between March and September 2011. 

Meanwhile, Cumbria Constabulary has reduced its force by 83 police officers since the election.

Figures also show that 1,010 police support staff have been axed in the North East since September 2010.

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on police numbers, said:

“It is shocking that in the North East & Cumbria we have lost 534 police officers since the general election.

"The scale of the Tory-led Government's cuts has led to the biggest fall in national police numbers in over a decade at the same time as we are seeing the biggest increase in personal crime.

“David Cameron and Theresa May are letting down communities and turning their backs on the police. They should be battling to cut crime, but they are just cutting the police instead.

“Police numbers have fallen to the lowest for a decade, with 8,000 fewer officers since the election and 6,000 since last year alone. At the same time personal crime including theft and violence has gone up by 11 per cent -- the biggest increase in a decade.

“The Home Secretary's 20 per cent cuts go much further than the 12 per cent recommended by the independent inspectorate and supported by Labour.

“The Prime Minister's decision to cut policing too far and too fast when many crimes are increasing is putting communities at risk. MPs of all parties should vote against the scale of Government’s cuts to their local police force in Parliament on February 8.”

Bridget Phillipson, Labour MP for Houghton and Sunderland South and a member of the House of Common's Home Affairs Select Committee said:

"By taking hundreds of police officers off the beat in the region, the Tory-led government is taking a huge risk in the fight against crime. The scale of the cuts since the General Election, with Northumbria alone losing 175 officers, is deeply worrying. Taken together with the loss of over a thousand police support staff, these reductions are placing a huge strain on our local police forces. The government is cutting too fast and cutting too deeply.

ENDS

1. Police service strength for England and Wales statistics released today:
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/police-research/hosb0312/

2. Police office numbers by force area between March 2010 and September 2011. (Figures exclude British Transport Police)

 

 

Mar-10

Sep-11

Difference

 

 

 

 

North East only

7,418

6,967

-451

 

 

 

 

Cleveland

1,724

1,569

-155

Durham

1,507

1,386

-121

Northumbria

4,187

4,012

-175

 

 

 

 

Cumbria

1,238

1,155

-83