Devon and Cornwall Police has biggest cut (22%) in south-west

“Seven years of austerity has seen police numbers cut by “more than 15%”, according to new research from Unison.

There are now 2,817 fewer people employed by the South West’s five forces than there were in 2010.

Devon and Cornwall’s force has been hit worst – losing 22% of its strength.

Unison says the government needs to stop the cuts and get numbers back to a reasonable level.

Its Police and Justice Lead Mike Cracknell said austerity is “hitting public safety”.

“Our police workers are 100% committed to keeping people safe, often putting themselves in danger to do so. But you can’t do the job with a skeleton crew.”

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd says the evidence doesn’t back up claims that reduced resources are the cause of more crime.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-devon-43641547

One thought on “Devon and Cornwall Police has biggest cut (22%) in south-west

  1. “The Home Secretary Amber Rudd says the evidence doesn’t back up claims that reduced resources are the cause of more crime.”

    What evidence is she referring to then? I note that she doesn’t actually say.

    She and her predecessor have slashed funding for youth groups and youth social care as well as slashing police numbers. Practically all changes have consequences. And in the absence of HARD evidence to the contrary, it is reasonable to assume that there is a causal link between rising crime and:

    * Cuts to youth social care
    * Cuts to police numbers
    * Increasing poverty
    * Cuts to benefits
    * Cuts to education
    * Worsening prospects for young people who feel they have no job prospects and no future

    This is the reality of Britain today after 40 years of neo-liberalism. A rich elite who have become three times richer over the 40 years, the middle-aged, middle-classes who are worse off but had already e.g. bought a house before it became too expensive, and the young and poor who have been kicked and kicked by austerity measures.

    Amber Rudd and her predecessor, need to produce the evidence they are using to claim that increase crime is not a consequence of cuts – or otherwise appear to be heartless politicians unwilling to be held to account for their decisions and actions.

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