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Rosie discusses cuts to Kent policing

Today’s minute’s silence is again time to reflect on the sickening terrorist attacks inflicted on innocent people going about their everyday lives and enjoying time with friends and family in London last week. Our  thoughts and prayers are once again with the victims and their families.

The Conservatives have cut 37,000 police and security staff since 2010. Kent alone has lost almost 600 officers and it has become very clear that we need a well-resourced and funded police front line police force to continue protecting our country.

Ian Pointon,  Chairman of Kent Police Federation has said online,

“The Government has slashed spending on the police by 20% and told the public the frontline won’t be affected. In reality they don’t even understand what the frontline is – it is certainly far more than uniformed police officers on patrol as important as they are. A Government reassurance that cuts of this level can be found solely from the “back office” or through “efficiency savings” is at best poorly judged spin.”

Labour will protect our communities by recruiting thousands more front line staff into the police, fire, prison, intelligence and border agencies. Labour will stand up for safer communities. We will oppose Tory cuts to front-line officers, prioritise neighbourhood policing and bear down on crime and its causes.