Flintshire MP David Hanson will today vote against Government spending plans to cut more North Wales Police after figures revealed 95 officers have already been cut from the force since 2010.
As part of the Police Grant debate Mr Hanson will vote against the Conservative led coalition’s plan to cut 1,100 more police officers across the country in 2016 which could dramatically affect the available staffing levels in North Wales. Mr Hanson will instead be backing a plan to save the 1,100 officers in 2015/16 by making savings on gun licencing, procurement and removing police crime commissioners that the government refuses to do.
16,700 police officers have already been lost since the current government came to power in 2010, and according to the Association of Chief Police Officers the spending plans put forward by the government mean cutting 34,000 further police jobs over the next 5 years.
David Hanson MP said:
“We need a police service that is responsive to the needs of our local community but I’ve seen the impact of the cuts in North Wales police numbers and it seems the government is hollowing out neighbourhood policing entirely, which is the bedrock of British policing and protecting our communities.
I’m voting for a plan to make sure our police force is more efficient without having to lose even more officers from our area, so we can ensure our communities remain safe and properly policed.”