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Tory Government Cuts Police Numbers

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the news that police officer numbers in England and Wales have fallen to their lowest level in nine years, said: 

“The Tory-led Government has cut nearly 10,000 police officers from communities across the country. And we know that substantially more than half are from 999, neighbourhood and traffic response - the officers we rely on in an emergency.

“These figures show the cuts to the police are deeper and faster even than experts predicted. David Cameron's promise to protect the front line has been ripped apart by these appalling figures. In just two years the Government has taken police numbers back by nearly a decade, weakened police powers, undermined morale and reduced crime prevention. Theresa May has no strategy to cut crime, only to cut police.”

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The figures show that over the past year Cheshire Police suffered a cut in police officer numbers of over 3%.

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