Clive Grunshaw, Labour’s Lancashire Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidate, is calling on the Government to change course after alarming new figures show police numbers have fallen to the lowest for nearly a decade.

The figures show that there are now nearly 10,000 fewer officers on the streets, with the majority of the officers lost coming from 999, neighbourhood and traffic response units – the officers we rely on in an emergency.

Lancashire has lost 326 police officers since March 2010 and will lose 550 by 2015.

Labour is calling for the Government to change course and implement a proper plan to cut crime, not just police officers.

Clive Grunshaw, Labour’s Lancashire PCC candidate, said:
“People from Lancashire want to see police on their streets, but these figures show the Tory-led Government’s cuts mean over 300 officers have already been lost from our local communities, with more cuts to come.

“We need real change from this Government to make our streets safer. Prioritising neighbourhood policing, taking anti-social behaviour seriously, tackling the causes of crime with police and local authorities working together, ensuring no privatisation of core policing and building strong communities with respect to all and responsibility by all.

“Crime fell by 43 per cent with Labour according to the British Crime Survey and I’ll be campaigning hard to ensure we continue to cut crime, not police in Lancashire. I’m calling on the Government to think again to save the vital police officer jobs that protect our community.”

Police Service Strength England and Wales statistical bulletin 31 March 2012, published 26 July 2012: