In response to Government plans to replace Anti-Social Behaviour Orders with ‘Criminal Behaviour Orders’, MP Rosie Cooper said:
“While Anti-Social Behaviour Orders have had problems and were not perfect, they have been a significant weapon available to the police in the fight against crime.
“A number of measures brought in by the previous Labour Government have had, and are still having, a positive influence on crime reduction. But no matter what measures are introduced, police officers are needed to enforce them. Helped by a record number of police officers, the introduction of neighbourhood police teams and Police Community Support Officers, crime fell by 43% under Labour. The risk of being a victim of crime is at a thirty-year low.
“The Conservative-led Government’s savage and reckless cuts to police budgets could wreck this. By imposing cuts at the speed and on the scale on which they seem intent, the Government is putting police forces up and down the country in an impossible position.
“I am deeply concerned about what these cuts will mean for police officer and PCSO numbers locally and fear they will severely undermine all the progress which has been made in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.”