In relation to the current proposal to restructure the local police forces Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Across all our public services the Labour Government is making tough but necessary decisions over how to reform services to best meet our needs today and not 20 years ago. The restructuring of the police forces is another example of the Labour Government building a modern police force. It is not, as has been suggested, an exercise to save money. The past eight years gas seen record levels of investment in our public services from the Labour Government.”
“The restructuring of the police forces cannot be compared to the merger of hospital trusts here in West Lancashire. It is not national government policy to seek hospital trust mergers but rather it an agenda being pursued by local health service executives. It is misleading to suggest there is a comparison between the two situations.”
“Police force restructuring is about ensuring taxpayers’ money is not wasted and that we get value-for-money from our public services. These reforms are also about delivering a modern police service that meets the law and order needs of all communities across West Lancashire."
“I do not believe anybody would want to compromise safety and peace of mind in the name of saving money.”