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Labour will guarantee neighbourhood policing in the North East


A new ‘Local Policing Commitment’ will keep bobbies on the beat

The Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, will today say Labour will act to protect neighbourhood policing, which chief constables warn is under threat of disappearing altogether under the Tories extreme and risky spending plans.

Since 2010, 1402 police have been cut across the North East. Under the plans outlined by George Osborne in the Budget, even deeper cuts will be made to policing budgets in the next Parliament.

This is against a backdrop of rising serious crime. Violent crime is up, more rapes and child abuse are being reported, yet fewer cases are reaching court and convictions are down. And we are facing an increasing threat from terrorism, placing even more pressure on police Labour has a better plan – we have identified £800million of savings, allowing us to reinvest in the frontline and safeguard the jobs of 10,000 police officers across the country over three years that would otherwise be cut under the Tories.

Labour will do more to protect the frontline by ending Police & Crime Commissioners, stopping police subsidies for gun licenses and introducing a requirement for joint procurement and shared services.

Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper will say:

“Since 2010, 1402 police officers have been cut across the North East. When we face a growing threat from terrorism, when violent crime is up and when serious crimes – like rape, domestic abuse and child abuse – are on the rise, now is not the time to plan for even deeper cuts over the next five years.

“The Tories seem hell bent on destroying neighbourhood policing – they started the job in this Parliament and the extreme and risky spending plans set out by George Osborne in March suggest they want to finish it by 2020.

“Labour has a better plan. We won't take our public services back to the 1930s. And we have identified a series of efficiency savings – including ending Police & Crime Commissioners, stopping the police subsidy for gun licenses and requiring joint equipment contracts and shared back-office services, to reinvest into protecting the frontline – protecting 10,000 police officers over the next few years, including hundreds in the North East.”

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