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Labour: The Government has left the police service “in chaos”

PoliceThe Conservative-led Government has left the police service “in chaos” – with neighbourhood policing in jeopardy and response times too slow, the shadow Home Secretary has said.

Yvette Cooper was speaking to the left wing think thank The Fabian Society when she warned that the service would be left in an “existential crisis” if the Tories were to be given another five years in power.

Mrs Cooper said: “Neighbourhood policing is being drastically cut back, even though violent crime has started to rise. Prosecutions for domestic and sexual violence have dropped even though reported crimes are going up.

“Be in no doubt that is what many in the Tory party want. They want people to believe that our public services are unaffordable, too much of a burden that cannot be sustained.”

The MP for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley told the Fabian Society that police officers had “no way” of coping with a growing number of new crimes like online child abuse.

She added: “Some chief constables have already stopped neighbourhood policing and others are set to follow suit.”

However, a spokesman for the Conservative Party blamed the last Labour government had “tied the police up in red tape and targets.”

He said: “When we came to office in 2010, we gave the police a single objective: to cut crime. We have cut red tape, given officers the freedom to use their professional judgement and introduced police and crime commissioners (PCCs) so local policing reflects local needs.

“Thanks to the hard work of officers, our reforms are working and crime has fallen by more than 10 per cent since 2010 – meaning England and Wales are safer today than they have been for decades.”

Date posted: July 31, 2014

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