Tory spin on police numbers exposed as proportion of officers on frontline lowest in a decade
Labour analysis of latest statistics reveal there are still huge gaps in police workforce, with 8,433 fewer officers, 7,633 fewer PCSOs, and 7,502 fewer police staff than in 2010.
Over 10,000 officers and PCSOs have been lost from neighbourhood policing since 2015, while the proportion of frontline officers is at its lowest level in a decade.
Sarah Jones MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, said:
“The Tories have spent a decade cutting our police workforce, leaving communities across the country exposed.
“These figures expose the decimation the Tories have caused community policing. While cuts to police staff mean that even new police recruits will end up behind desks backfilling staff roles, instead of on the beat.
“The Government’s new crime plan is in reality a bunch of rehashed policies designed to distract from the damage they have caused. When coupled with an insulting police pay freeze and failure to consult them on the crime plan, it’s no wonder frontline police have lost confidence in the Home Secretary.”