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NEWS RELEASE: NEW GOVERNMENT MUST RE-INVEST IN POLICING, SAYS POLICE LEADER

  • Posted On 13 Jun 2017

    The new Government must show its commitment to re-investing in policing, according to the leader of West Midlands Police Federation.

     

    Tom Cuddeford, who represents the Force’s constables, sergeants and inspecting ranks as chairman of the Federation, says Prime Minister Theresa May must act now in the wake of the Conservative Party’s narrow victory in the General Election.

     

    “It is now time for the new Government to show that it takes the safety of its electorate seriously,” Tom says, “More than ever, we need a commitment to change for the better and that means actions to support Mrs May’s words in terms of the nation’s security and investment that would allow an increase in police numbers in the West Midlands.

    “Cuts to policing budgets in the last few years have reduced the numbers of officers on our streets and this has had a detrimental effect on neighbourhood policing which is a vital part of the police service. The time has come to halt these cuts and re-invest in policing – the safety of the public must be paramount.

     

    “We also need investment in equipment, such as Taser, and technology to help police forces do the jobs they are entrusted to do by the public.”

     

    Tom has also called on Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who clung on to her seat as MP for Hastings and Rye and escaped the PM’s Cabinet re-shuffle, to get behind policing.

     

    “The Home Secretary addressed the Police Federation conference here in Birmingham last month and heard officers’ accounts of the reality of policing. I hope that she listened to what they had to say and that she now fulfils her pledge to visit forces and find out more. It is time she showed officers her support and argued our case for increased funding, for the benefit of policing but also for the benefit of the communities we serve,” says Tom.

     

    The chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Steve White, has echoed Tom’s views.

    “Theresa May’s Government must start as it means to go on and show the country that it takes public safety seriously – financial investment back into policing is the least it must do,” he explained.

     

    “The protection of its citizens should be the primary responsibility of any Government and Theresa May can start by properly investing in our police service.” number

     

    Tom Cuddeford JBB Interim Chair                                                                           

    West Midlands Police Federation                                                           

     
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