Tuesday 12 June 2018 / 10:57 AM Crime / Louise Haigh

The Independent Inspector is sounding the alarm on police numbers – Louise Haigh responds to State of Policing report

Louise Haigh MP, Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister, responding to the State of Policing report and comments by Sir Tom Winsor, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, that there is “undoubtedly a relationship” between police numbers and serious violence, said:

“With surging violent crime, the Independent Inspector is sounding the alarm by warning that some forces are so stretched that the lives of vulnerable people are being put at risk.

“The police have reached a tipping point, where responding to surging levels of violent crime after eight years of brutal cuts is becoming almost unmanageable.

“It’s time the Tories finally owned up to the public by admitting that their cuts have left our police at breaking point and put our communities at risk.”