Thursday, 4 November 2010

Police Officers - Ed Balls on cuts to Police numbers

Responding to reports that three police forces have been given approval to forcibly retire officers who have thirty years or more service, the shadow home secretary Ed Balls said:
“The Tory-Lib Dem government is putting chief constables and police authorities in an impossible position.
Not only is the Home Secretary cutting police funding by 20 per cent, she is also making the biggest cuts in the first two years. That will make it impossible to protect frontline policing by making long-term efficiencies.

“This blunt instrument was never intended for this purpose and, where implemented, will mean all officers above the thirty year threshold being forced to retire. It will mean losing some of our most experienced people from the police service.

“The public are rightly concerned that losing thousands of police officers will undermine the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour.”