Police Commissioner candidate concerned about officer reductions

Lee Barron, the Labour candidate for Police commissioner for Northamptonshire.
Lee Barron, the Labour candidate for Police commissioner for Northamptonshire.
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Labour’s candidate in the running to be the county’s first Police and Crime Commissioner has said he is deeply concerned with cuts in police officer numbers.

Lee Barron has spoke out after latest figures show that in March 2010, the county had 1,343 police officers, but two years later, that number has been reduced to 1,234.

He said: “I am tired of the people Northamptonshire getting a rough deal compared to other areas of the UK.

“People across Northamptonshire want to see police on their streets, but these figures show the Government’s cuts mean we’ve already lost 109 hard working men and women from our local communities, with more cuts to come.”

He also called on all the other candidates in the election to join him in opposing cuts to crime fighting services.

He added: “Citizens around the county need all the candidates in this important election to oppose these shocking 20 per cent cuts and fight for more money from the Government. If not they need to explain why not.”

“Crime fell by 43 per cent with Labour according to the British Crime Survey.

“The same survey shows this progress has ground to a halt under the Tory-led Government during which time we now know they have cut nearly 10,000 officers.

“It is time we had somebody who was prepared to champion our county, our towns and our communities.

“I will demand the best for them, not simply stand by as we get yet another bad deal from central Government.”