Andrew Gwynne has today endorsed Labour’s pledge to provide funding for 10,000 new police officers posts for England and Wales.
Police officer numbers have been decreasing for some time with the number of police officers across England and Wales falling by nearly 20,000 since numbers hit peak level in 2009 Home Office figures have revealed.
There were 124,066 officers in the year ending March 2016 compared with 143,769 seven years ago – a fall of 14%.
Under Labour’s proposals, 43 forces across England and Wales would get an additional 10,000 additional police officers in community policing roles – the equivalent of one officer for every electoral ward.
Across Greater Manchester the force has lost 1,445 police officers and 37 Police Community Support Officers (PSCOs) between 2010 and 2015. Following Labour’s pledge, the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, could not rule out further cuts in police officer numbers.
Labour’s costed plans for extra spending on police and other public services would be funded by an estimated £2.7bn in savings from reversing capital gains tax.
In the 2016 Budget it was announced that the higher rate of capital gains tax will be cut from 28 per cent to 20 per cent and the basic rate from 18 per cent to 10 per cent, costing the public purse £2.75bn over the next five years.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Under the Tories we’ve seen a steady decrease in the number of police offices on the beat, down by 20,000 in just seven years, with over 1,400 fewer police and community support officers across Greater Manchester.
“Cutting police numbers, especially when there is more violent crime to deal with, is totally unacceptable; we need more police offices in communities, not less.
“That’s why Labour will put 10,000 new police officers on our streets to work right in the heart of communities.”