John Denham MP has voiced his concerns following the release of a report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) that 387 officers are to go from Hampshire Police.
John Denham MP said:
“These figures are shocking. David Cameron said frontline policing would not be hit by his huge 20% cuts to our force, but the truth is that 118 frontline officers are being cut.
“Neighbourhood officers, 999 response and traffic police are being cut right across the country. 275 of these visible officers are being lost in Hampshire.
“The blame for these cuts lies squarely with the Tory-led Government. Our Chief Constable has been put in an impossible decision by this Government’s decision to cut police funding by 20%.
“We recognise savings need to be made, but the Government has doubled Labour’s cuts to police funding, and made the steepest cuts in the first two years. That’s not an attack on waste, that’s an attack on the police.”
Local Labour Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Jacqui Rayment said:
“The Tory-led Government are cutting our local police, making it harder not easier to fight crime.
“Tory and Lib Dem Police and Crime Commissioner candidates will be cheerleaders for cutting our local police. They support these cuts and are failing to stand up for our communities.
“I will oppose these huge cuts and stand up against the Tory-led Government who are wilfully cutting our frontline police officers.”