Tom Blenkinsop, the Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, today “slammed” cuts to Cleveland Police made by the Government through their Police Funding Settlement.
Tom said: “There are already 8,000 fewer police officers maintaining law and order in England and Wales than there was under the Labour government, and it looks set to get worse.
“In Cleveland Police alone, police numbers have reduced by 155 between March 2010 and September 2011. The amount of recorded crime in Cleveland has also been increasing.
“The link between reducing police numbers and rising crime should be obvious, but this out-of-touch government would rather spend millions on unwanted and unnecessary bureaucratic changes to the Police and NHS than protect frontline services. Instead of maintaining the crucial frontline capacity of police officers actually making our streets safer, this Government is wasting many millions of pounds on electing police commissioners.
“I will be urging the Government to reconsider this unfair police funding settlement, for the sake of my constituents, whose safety is being threatened by it.”