SHOCK FIGURES REVEAL MORE THAN 2,250 EAST OF ENGLAND POLICE STAFF CUT UNDER THE TORIES
The Conservatives talk tough on crime but they are failing to keep the public safe, says GMB
More than 2,250 police staff jobs have been lost across the East of England since 2010, figures from GMB, the union for police staff, reveal.
The figures include a cut of 979 Police Community Support Officer roles (PCSOs). In one police force, Norfolk, PCSO numbers have fallen by 100 per cent after the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner cut all posts.
The term police staff covers a wide range of roles including custody officers, 999 call handlers, PCSOs, scene of crime investigators, and technical and administrative support jobs.
These job losses are on top of cuts to police officer numbers.
Rachel Harrison, GMB National Officer, said:
“These cuts are an absolute disgrace – not content with taking more than 20,000 police officers off our streets, under the Conservatives more than 2,250 staff roles have been slashed across the East of England too.
“GMB members undertake essential jobs – police forces could not function without out them but cuts are forcing the service to breaking point.
“The Tories talk tough on crime but in reality they’ve spent the last decade denying police forces the resources they need to keep the public safe.
“They have put lives at risk every day.
“Only Labour can be trusted to put police back on our streets and provide the staff needed to maintain law and order.”