Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has reacted with anger to reports that as many as half of all reported crime is not being investigated by Greater Manchester Police due to massive budget cuts from central government and a reduction of police officers on the beat.
Since 2010 Greater Manchester has seen a drop of 1,911 front line police officer, and 236 Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s). During this period Greater Manchester police force has seen a £180 million drop in its central government funding, leading to a sharp drop in the number of front line police officers on our streets.
Police budgets have been cut by £2.7 billion in real terms since 2010 and the Government has already broken promises made by the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary to protect funding. The Police Settlement for 2018/19 promised “up to £450 million” for the police, but Labour revealed that Home Office funding for local forces will in fact be slashed by at least £100 million. Hard-pressed local taxpayers are being forced to carry the can for reckless Tory cuts.
In the year up to June 2017, violent crime alone rose by 46 per cent, burglary by 14 per cent across Greater Manchester.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m really concerned by these findings, yet it comes as no surprise as a number of my constituents tell me that they have contacted the police to report a crime, yet there is not follow up or investigation.
“I appreciate that police budgets have been devastated since 2010 with less officers on the streets because of decisions made in Whitehall. I’ll keep pushing the Government for a fairer deal for Greater Manchester as this is simply not good enough.”