The campaign against further cuts in beat policing on Merseyside has now spread across the City Region, with petitions appearing in Liverpool and Wirral in addition to those in Southport where the campaign originated. Petition signatures against the police cuts are being collected door to door, by leaflet in shops and on line. You can add your voice to the campaign by signing up here on the ‘SouthportSays’ website:
From Hoylake and Heswall to Churchtown and Crossens, Liberal Democrats have responded fiercely to the prospect of beat patrol cuts as a result of planned major reduction in government cash to Merseyside police. The Chief Constable and Police Commissioner are threatening to remove the Police Community Support Officers totally as well as slashing other police services to meet central government funding cutbacks and the Lib Dems say this is unacceptable.
Southport Lib Dem Councillor Tony Dawson, who originated the campaign, says:
“The police have already taken substantial cutbacks in this area. Every public service has to take its share. The widespread public feeling, however, is that our local police have taken enough.”
“The Chancellor George Osborne seems impervious to the effect which further police cutbacks may have upon the safety of our local communities. I hope that local people will join together to tell him to stop before there is irrevocable damage.”
“We can argue as to whether existing cutbacks have already been too severe: these have clearly placed the local police force in a position where there are some things that the public feels they are not addressing properly. They had to admit, for example, that they could not deal with antisocial behaviour at the Orangemen’s march in Southport because they just would not have sufficient numbers of officers on the ground.”
“The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) made it plain to the Home Secretary last month that there are limits to the additional cuts which police forces can absorb without the collapse of certain elements of the service. They have warned that cutting forces’ central grants by more than a quarter by 2020 might mean the traditional bobby on the beat could disappear completely in some areas.”
“Cutting out CPSOs altogether is another awful way of dealing with the same problem. Neither is acceptable.”
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