Shadow minister’s shock at Lancashire police cuts

Shadow minister’s shock at Lancashire police cuts

Shadow minister’s shock at Lancashire police cuts

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A SHADOW home office minister visited Burnley to discuss concerns over cuts to frontline policing.

Shadow police and justice minister David Hanson MP met with Labour’s prodspective parliamentary candidate Julie Cooper at Burnley’s main police station in Parker Lane, before going out to speak to residents in the Bank Hall area of the town about their concerns around crime and policing.

Coun Cooper said: “I was pleased to bring David to Burnley, as a policing specialist in the Home Office.

“People are telling me over and over that they are not seeing enough police on the streets, that PCSOs are under threat, and that they are generally worried. When I’m out on the doorstep, over and over people tell me about a lack of uniformed police officers and fear of crime. The policing budget has been heavily cut, and it is starting to impact.

“The Police and Crime Commissioner is under a great deal of pressure to maintain services with a decreasing budget, and this is clearly not the right priority for cuts.

“Labour introduced PCSOs to put more uniformed police on the streets, and now we’re seeing a reduction in them, it’s a worrying trend.

“I think it’s really important that a future Labour policing minister is aware of what people in Burnley want to see, and David has been left in doubt about what is required.”

Mr Hanson said: “Five hundred and thirty five police officers and 75 PCSOs have gone from Lancashire since 2010. This is a shocking number and the people I have met with Julie Cooper are worried about it.

“The police service is doing its best, but as police numbers fall, crime is once again on the rise in Lancashire.”

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1:12pm Wed 27 Aug 14

mavrick says...

We could have saved a lot of money by scrapping the PCC, this is an unnecessary post and a cost which could have employed several police for the money wasted. But do the politicians care?
We could have saved a lot of money by scrapping the PCC, this is an unnecessary post and a cost which could have employed several police for the money wasted. But do the politicians care? mavrick
  • Score: 9

5:15pm Wed 27 Aug 14

crusade to find the truth from the brown stuff says...

Only way to stop the police being cut and destroyed is to get rid of Theresa may! She has no idea what she is doing and expects police budgets to be cut drastically and that you won't lose police officers - duh get her out before crime spirals out of control
Only way to stop the police being cut and destroyed is to get rid of Theresa may! She has no idea what she is doing and expects police budgets to be cut drastically and that you won't lose police officers - duh get her out before crime spirals out of control crusade to find the truth from the brown stuff
  • Score: 2

5:20pm Wed 27 Aug 14

boynesider says...

most be election year??? PCSO's are no substitute for proper PCs.no powers of arrest.i rang my local PC to advise of drug dealing locally and she told me to ring 101.which I did but the message on hold told me to contact my local PC??? but they can manage to put a large police presence outside the Ecuardian embassy just in case 1 man leaves.excellent use of manpower.i went to a PACT meeting once never again.i raised a problem with cars parking illegally only to be told "if I book 1 I will have to book them all" .with that attitude what hope have we?
most be election year??? PCSO's are no substitute for proper PCs.no powers of arrest.i rang my local PC to advise of drug dealing locally and she told me to ring 101.which I did but the message on hold told me to contact my local PC??? but they can manage to put a large police presence outside the Ecuardian embassy just in case 1 man leaves.excellent use of manpower.i went to a PACT meeting once never again.i raised a problem with cars parking illegally only to be told "if I book 1 I will have to book them all" .with that attitude what hope have we? boynesider
  • Score: 7

5:22pm Wed 27 Aug 14

boynesider says...

meant Ecuadorian embassy,need to calm down.
meant Ecuadorian embassy,need to calm down. boynesider
  • Score: 2

12:09am Thu 28 Aug 14

roverstid says...

They should cut that corrupt waste of space at Greenbank in Blackburn.
They should cut that corrupt waste of space at Greenbank in Blackburn. roverstid
  • Score: 3

10:50pm Thu 28 Aug 14

doggydog says...

hmmm, yet on another story, a resturant owner is blaming the police for loss of trade due to accidents? the police are damned if they do and damned if they dont and often get the rough end of the stick yet they suffer a massive cut in man power!
hmmm, yet on another story, a resturant owner is blaming the police for loss of trade due to accidents? the police are damned if they do and damned if they dont and often get the rough end of the stick yet they suffer a massive cut in man power! doggydog
  • Score: 0
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