The Tories’ cuts to the police are putting the safety or our communities at risk.
Over 18,000 police officers and 5,100 community support officers have already been lost. Further real terms cuts in funding risk making it harder to keep our streets safe as violent crime is on the rise.
Labour will stand up for safer communities. Councillors and Police and Crime Commissioners will oppose deep Tory cuts to frontline officers to keep bobbies on the beat. We will prioritise neighbourhood policing and bear down on crime and its causes.
In Portsmouth in the past year alone crime has gone up by 9%, violent crime up 36% and youth crime on the increase for the first time since 2007.
That’s why crime and security has been the top issue on the doorstep across Charles Dickens ward and why we’ve been working hard to protect local police services.
My commitments to you:
If elected for you in Charles Dickens ward for the city council on Thursday, I will:
- continue my fight to protect and keep visible police services in the heart of the city
- lobby the new police and crime commissioner to make sure any new police HQ stays in the city and not out in Havant
- liaise with local neighbourhood teams to ensure action is taken when residents report concerns
- seek better ways of solving concerns around security in tower blocks and improved entry systems
- protect essential domestic violence support services in the city
- support initiatives which assist crime prevention and support to victims
If you have other ideas or suggestions to stand up for safer communities, get in touch