Sunday 26 August 2018 / 10:29 AM Diane Abbott / Home Affairs

Diane Abbott responds to reports that frontline police numbers have been cut by a third

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to reports that frontline police numbers have been cut by a third, said:

“We cannot have security on the cheap and Tory cuts are making our communities less safe. Cutting over 7,000 neighbourhood police officers means that vital intelligence is missed and relations between the police and the communities they serve become more removed.

“Over 21,000 police officers have been lost since 2010 and cuts on this scale are obviously going to have a huge impact on policing and public safety. 

“The next Labour government will restore 10,000 police officers to work on community beats – equivalent to at least one more bobby in every neighbourhood – to tackle rising crime.”