Rosie Cooper MP challenged Home Office Ministers during Parliamentary Questions over their decision to spend £100 million on their vanity Police and Crime Commissioners policy whilst cutting frontline police officers.
MP Rosie highlighted the issue of policing cuts citing the situation in the villages of Scarisbrick and Burscough who share a neighbourhood policing team of one police constable and two police community support officers. This is to cover a vast geographical area, with Scarisbrick alone 32 square miles.
In the last 12 months Lancashire Police have had to make £42 million cuts to police services.
Home Office figures show from 2010 to 2012 that Police numbers in Lancashire have been cut by 296 posts a fall of 9%. Based on the Home Office’s data it is expected Lancashire will lose 550 officers for the period 2010 to 2015.
The £100 million spent on Police Crime Commissioners could have funded an extra 3000 frontline police officers.
Here in Lancashire just 15% of voters turned out to elect the Police and Crime Commissioner
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper reacting after the question to Ministers:
“I know that Lancashire Police do an absolutely fantastic job in tackling crime to make West Lancashire residents feel safe in their homes and on their streets. So whilst the Minister tells me crime is falling so too are frontline police numbers.
“I believe that the Police Force needs a Government and a Home Office that supports them in their job not attacks them.
“My concern is for how long will crime continue to fall when the cuts to frontline policing really kick-in and we continue to see falling police numbers.
“It appears to me that when it comes to policing this Conservative-led Government is increasing the number of people who talk about how to deal with crime whilst reducing the numbers of officers on our streets actually tackling crime.
“We have had to fight against the threat to close Ormskirk Police station. I worked with residents to secure the future of Aughton Police Point which was set to close. I know that the residents of Scarisbrick and Burscough would prefer to each have their own neighbourhood policing teams instead of a Police and Crime Commissioner.
“Here in West Lancashire we have experienced the sharp end of what the Conservative-led Government’s decisions on law and order mean for local policing.”