Ahead of Sajid Javid’s meeting with police chief constables today (6th March), Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey called on him to ask them whether they need more police officers to tackle the rise in knife crime.
Ed Davey said:
“The Home Secretary should ask chief constables if they agree with the Tory Government’s view that police numbers don’t matter. He should ask them whether they need more officers to tackle the shocking knife crime epidemic that is claiming the lives of far too many young people.
“The Home Office’s own analysis showed that police cuts have ‘likely contributed’ to the rise in serious violence, but the Home Secretary has ignored the evidence and pursued gimmicks like knife-ASBOs instead of doing what works: putting more police officers on our streets.
“Instead of taking responsibility for this crisis, the Home Secretary has passed the buck to Police and Crime Commissioners to make up budget shortfalls by raising council tax.
“The Liberal Democrats demand better. The Government must urgently give local forces the funding they need to recruit more officers and keep our communities safe.”

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