Front-line Police numbers fallen by a third under Tories

Figures show that 7,000 traditional neighborhood police officers have been reassigned or left their jobs since March 2015, while the number of police community support officers has also fallen by 18% over the same time period to just over 10,000.

 

Meanwhile the number of officers assigned to back-office and administrative roles have multiplied by a quarter in the last three years.

While the government maintains that 92 per cent of officers are classified as“frontline”, but this includes over 40,000 officers in office-based roles, such as intelligence analysts, custody officers and operational support officers.

Lord Stevens, a former Scotland Yard Comissioner told the Sunday Times that the findings were "incredibly alarming".

“If the increase in violent crime carries on escalating you are going to get a very dangerous tipping point where there is no control, and it is a very difficult thing to bring back. I don't think we've reached that point yet and God willing, we won't,” he said.

Meanwhile the Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, warned that the Tories were trying to provide security "on the cheap", adding that:"Tory cuts are making our communities less safe."

"Cutting over 7,000 neighbourhood police officers means that vital intelligence is missed and relations between the police and the communities they serve become more removed." she said.

“Over 21,000 police officers have been lost since 2010 and cuts on this scale are obviously going to have a huge impact on policing and public safety. "

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Decisions about frontline policing, and how resources are best deployed, are for chief constables and democratically accountable police and crime commissioners”.

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