Labour campaigners in Doncaster have launched a campaign against the cuts to policing in South Yorkshire.
The campaign has been launched following the warning to Ministers by police chiefs that England’s 43 police forces will lose 28,000 staff as a result of the cuts – 12,000 police and 16,000 civilian staff.
Said Caroline Flint: “Our efforts in the last 13 years reduced crime by 43%. The increase in police numbers of nearly 17,000 and 16,000 PCSOs were essential to that success. These cuts are going to have a devastating effect in Doncaster.
Said Labour candidate Rachel Hodson: “We launched our petition in Thorne this weekend, and people were very supportive. We hope every fair-minded person in Doncaster who wants to prevent a rise in crime will sign the petition.
“The police chiefs and police authorities have exposed the Chancellor’s claim that ‘There will be no reduction in the availability and the visibility of policing.’ as a sham.”
South Yorkshire Police face a reduction of over £30million over the next two years, which equates to 414 fewer police on the street able to fulfil essential services such as attending emergency 999 calls and dealing with anti-social behaviour. The cuts could also impact on other vital services such as the specialist officers used to deal with domestic violence and prevent child abuse.
Caroline Flint MP said “We are likely to see hundreds fewer police officers and PCSOs on the streets of Doncaster and South Yorkshire because of the reckless decisions of the Tories and Lib Dems – these cuts will undermine the fight against crime and they risk the safety of everyone in our community.
“And even where police jobs are not shed, they will be recalled from the streets into police stations to cover jobs that are lost at the centre.”
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Download the Police Cuts Petition here. Get your friends to sign it and post it back to Caroline Flint MP, Meteor House, First Avenue, Auckley Doncaster DN9 3GA.