Labour has slammed the Home Secretary’s plans to slash West Yorkshire police officer numbers further as new figures showed violent crime in the area is up by almost a quarter compared to last year.
West Yorkshire already has 1,011 fewer police officers than it did in 2010, with the Force being warned to expect further significant budget cuts by the Tory government.
Figures released yesterday showed that violent crime in West Yorkshire rose by 24 per cent.
Jack Dromey MP, Shadow Policing Minister said:
“New figures show police recorded crime has now gone up across the country and some of the most serious crimes have soared to the highest levels in years. Knife crime has risen for the first time in four years, sexual offences have risen by 37 per and fraud is up by 17 per cent.
“In West Yorkshire, recorded violent crime has gone up by 24 per cent. To make matters worse, the police force has lost over 1,000 police officers in the past five years, with more set to go.
“Theresa May is failing to recognise the true picture of crime in the UK. She plans to scrap another 17,000 police officers nationally on top of the 17,000 that have already gone. This comes at the worst possible time. Our depleted police forces are facing increasingly complex demands to tackle current and historic child exploitation and abuse, a serious and growing threat of terrorism and sexual and violent crime.
“By failing to heed the warning signals, the Home Secretary is taking a reckless gamble with public safety and security.”