Responding to the announcement Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is to recruit an assistant with a salary up to
£60,000, Stephen Morgan, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, has issued the following statement:
“I’ve already called on the police and crime commissioner to use money set aside in his budget to invest in frontline policing in Portsmouth.
With police officer numbers falling yet crime rising, that’s what the people of Portsmouth deserve.
This latest announcement is a kick in the teeth for those communities suffering from increasing crime in our area.
It is high time Mr Lane starts listening, and most importantly, starts taking action to tackle concerns and rebuild our community’s confidence”.
The news comes at a time that crime has increased in Portsmouth by 10% whilst the local police force has lost 1,000 police officers.