West Sussex police are to cut 1000 staff over the next five years, despite an increase of nearly 2% in their share of the Council Tax.  And if the Tories win the general election they are proposing further cuts.  This is what Labour have to say on this subject.

30,000 police officers face axe under Conservative 1930s spending plans 

A further 30,000 police officers could be lost after the election under the Conservatives, according to analysis of George Osborne’s plans to cut spending back to a share of GDP last seen in the 1930s. 

These figures show that under these extreme and risky Tory plans a further 30,000 police officers could be lost – the equivalent of almost the entire Metropolitan police force. This is on top of the 17,000 cut since 2010 and would mean police numbers falling by a third after ten years of the Tories. And it would mean we would have fewer than 100,000 police officers.

Labour will need to make savings to get the deficit down. That’s why we have already set out plans to scrap elected police and crime commissioners, require joint purchasing of equipment by police forces, and make other efficiency savings to protect frontline police officers. But we won’t stand for Tory plans to go back to the 1930s. Community policing won’t survive five more years of the Tories.

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