In a Police Cuts debate in Parliament, Andrew Gwynne MP has spoken out about the how the cuts to police funding may have an effect on community safety here in Denton and Reddish.
Locally there have already been closures of public police desks at police stations. The police desk in Denton police station closed in May, and the desk in Reddish closed in January, meaning that the nearest police desk to report crime is now in Stockport central police station. In Denton people now have to travel to Ashton, making the service far more remote from both these communities.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“In my speech at the House of Commons I paid tribute to work of Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers and the Staff at Greater Manchester Police. They are doing a great job in increasingly tough circumstances.”
“We have already started to see police cuts in Greater Manchester and the closure of Police Desks in Denton and Reddish. These are not back-office cuts; they are front-office cuts. My constituents consider the police stations in their communities front-line services.”
“There are difficulties facing Greater Manchester police and the impact on policing across the Greater Manchester county. That is why I am glad to be supporting Tony Lloyd as police and crime commissioner candidate in Greater Manchester. I wish him well in his campaign and—I hope—his successful election on November 15.”