Figures out this week show the devastating impact that Government cuts are having on police services in Merseyside and across the country.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary have estimated that between 2010 and 2015 Merseyside Police will have lost an astonishing 552 police officers, almost half of them frontline. 381 neighbourhood, 999 response and traffic police are also expected to lose their jobs across the region.
Merseyside Police do an excellent job fighting crime and safeguarding our communities and it is vital that Government cuts do not put our city at risk. I am extremely concerned about the reductions in Merseyside police officers and I call on the Government to reconsider their policy.
The report also warns that 15,000 officers will be cut and 179 police stations will close in England and Wales by 2015.