MP SLAMS TORY CUTS cuts to frontline police

Latest statistics show 652 officers have already been lost from Greater Manchester Police since 2010.

Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, said:

“These latest figures are shocking. David Cameron said frontline policing would not be hit by his huge 20% cuts to our force, but the truth is that in the last two years we’ve lost 652 frontline officers from the force, with sadly many more set to go. In total, Greater Manchester Police looks set to lose 3,000 police jobs.

“The blame for these cuts lies squarely with the Tory-led Government. Our Chief Constable has been put in an impossible decision by this Government’s decision to cut police funding by 20%.

“We recognise savings need to be made, but the Government has doubled Labour’s cuts to police funding, and made the steepest cuts in the first two years. That’s not an attack on waste, that’s an attack on the police.”

Tony Lloyd, the local Labour Police and Crime Commissioner candidate in Greater Manchester said:

“The Tory-led Government are cutting our local police, making it harder not easier to fight crime.

“Tory Police and Crime Commissioner candidates will be cheerleaders for cutting our local police. They support these cuts and are failing to stand up for our communities.

“I will oppose these huge cuts and stand up against the Tory-led Government who are wilfully cutting our frontline police officers.”

ENDS

Notes:

Sources:

Supplementary Tables, Police Service Strength, Home Office Statistical Bulletin

Greater Manchester Police:

Number of frontline officers:                    Cuts:

 2010                2012                                                Number            %age

6,525               5,873                                                -652                 -10%

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