New figures showing fall in the frontline teams who respond to 999 calls is truly shocking - Cooper

Over 300 emergency call 999 police first responders lost in the region up to December 2011.

New House of Commons library analysis of FOI requests to all of the police forces in England and Wales shows a drop of over 5,000 in police units who principally respond to 999 calls – those who Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary consider to be ‘visible’ and respond to emergency calls.

In the North East and Cumbria 339 first responders have been lost.


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

“These figures are shocking. This steep fall in the frontline teams who respond to 999 calls just goes to show how damaging it is for the Government to cut 16,000 police officers.

“We have consistently said the Government needs to change course and that frontline services are being hit by the 20% cut to police funding. The evidence is stacked against the Government and against their bogus claims about protecting frontline policing.

“Whether it is ‘visible’ or ‘frontline’ policing, however the Government want to phrase it, Theresa May and David Cameron’s decision to cut 16,000 police officers is causing huge damage to police forces, and it is communities who will ultimately pay the price.”

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Editor's notes:


1. House of Commons library analysis of FOI requests to all of the police forces in England and Wales shows a drop of over 5,000 in police units who principally respond to 999 calls – those who Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary consider to be ‘visible’ and respond to emergency calls.

2. The data shows the drop from 31st March 2010 to the latest figures available from forces either 31st March 2011 or 31st December 2011.

3. Labour have already shown that the frontline has been hit in the first year of the Tory-led Government, including cuts to neighbourhood policing and CID units.

4. This analysis shows, for the first time, the impact on Response teams and all units that respond to 999 calls.

5. The Government’s claim that frontline services can be left unaffected by their 20% cuts has already been exposed as a sham – now this data proves the effect it is having on the response units people rely on in emergencies.

These are not ‘back office’ efficiencies – these are the police officers available to attend 999 calls, cut by over 20% in some forces in 18 months of the Tory-led Government.

Between March 2010 and March 2011, 4,625 were lost. This new data shows that not only were 4,100 of these officers from the public-facing 'frontline', but that 3,500 were from emergency response.

DATA:
Police Force

HMIC visible (excl Firearm - Tactical) Mar '10

HMIC visible (excl Firearm - Tactical) Mar '11

HMIC visible (excl Firearm - Tactical) Dec '11

Change March 2010 - March 2011

Change March 2010 - to latest available from force


Cleveland

947

909

-38

-4%

-4%

-38

Cumbria

836

789

-47

-6%

-6%

-47

Durham

875

825

694

-51

-6%

-21%

-181

Northumbria

2,563

2,490


-73

-3%

-3%

-73