Top cops condemn police cuts
We were heartened to see five ex police commissioners stepping forward recently to condemn the cuts to Britain’s policing service.
They were responding to spiralling knife and drug crime and the “perilously low expectations” now expressed by victims.
It’s a subject we know much about through the Tutu Foundation UK’s ongoing work with troubled inner city areas and projects designed to bring meaningful discussions between police and young and marginalised people.
With highly skilled and knowledgable youth workers organising meetings of minds between those living in environments that are rife with gang culture we create channels of positive communication with the police. It really helps but cutbacks in recent years just make progress more difficult.
Those speaking out in a letter to The Times included ex-commissioners Lord Condon, Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, Lord Blair of Boughton, Sir Paul Stephenson, Lord Hogan-Howe, Sir Mark Rowley, former head of counterterrorism policing, and Sir Hugh Orde, formerly head of the Association of Chief Police Officers. Sir Hugh is an Ambassador for the Tutu Foundation UK.
Extremely worried by what they view as the “emasculation” of policing under Theresa May, they have called on the next Prime Minister to restore police resources, saying: “It is the first duty of any government to protect its citizens from harm.”
They pointed out that cutting more than 30,000 of police officers and support staff had undermined p[olice powers and led to a feeling of lawlessness generated by knife murders and ‘county lines’ drugs.
“The responses to terrorism, cybercrime and the restoration of police resources and confidence cannot be provided by a fragmented system comprising more than 40 territorial police forces.”
Their letter came after Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson promised that, if he becomes Prime Minister, he would boost police numbers by 20,000 in three years.
The intervention comes after frontrunner in the Tory leadership race Boris Johnson pledged to boost police numbers by as many as 20,000 within three years if he becomes prime minister.