This morning the UK Government announced further cuts to police across the country. I am concerned over the continued cuts to police funding.
North Wales Police is going to be cut by another 0.6%. This follows on from 5 years of UK Government cuts to this vital public service. Since March 2010 North Wales Constabulary has already lost 103 Police Officers.
The Welsh Assembly Government have invested in an extra 500 community support officers across wales to help protect our local communities. Action that has not been repeated by the UK Government.
The police have been stretched too far, putting at risk our safety and community cohesion. One of the most successful reforms to the police was the introduction of Neighbourhood Policing. The Welsh Assembly Government have done all they can to support Neighbourhood Policing, but against the cuts imposed by the UK Government are police forces will struggle.
People of Flintshire need a fully funded police force. Police Officers work hard to keep us safe and we must give them the money and resources to carry out their duty. I am deeply concerned by another year of cuts to an already stretched police.
The grant has yet to be debated and voted upon in February. I want to hear people’s views before the vote, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.