Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has backed Labour’s plan to bring back neighbourhood policing, as statistics show a 47% cut to PCSOs across the North West.
The number of PCSOs in the North West has collapsed by almost 1,000 over the last ten years, a figure that Gwynne has branded as “shameful and dangerous”.
The most recent crime statistics show a 99% increase in knife crime since 2015 and a 48% increase in robbery in the North West.
Labour has pledged to bring back neighbourhood policing by putting 13,000 more neighbourhood police on Britain’s streets, including recruiting at least 10,000 more officers, PCSOs and specials.
Across the country, the number of PCSOs has halved since the Conservatives came to power in 2010. In the same period, the proportion of people saying they have never seen a police officer has doubled.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“The Tories have decimated neighbourhood policing, and local people are paying the price.
“We all deserve to feel safe where we live, but all too often I hear from local people who feel terrified in their own communities. Local police are doing their best, but Tory cuts have had a devastating impact.
“Labour’s plan would bring back neighbourhood policing, and clamp down on the crime that has skyrocketed over the last decade.”
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP said:
“Knife crime has shot up putting young lives at risk, meanwhile antisocial behaviour is blighting town centres and local communities. But the neighbourhood police who could prevent crimes like this and support victims have disappeared.
“Labour has a serious plan to bring back neighbourhood policing, with a fully-funded package for 13,000 extra neighbourhood police on our streets.
“The last Labour government brought in neighbourhood policing, and now, after more than a decade of Tory neglect, we will restore it.”