Responding to the recently released crime statistics which revealed the largest rise in recorded crime in a decade, including an 18% increase total reported crime in West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin MP warned that police officer cuts were “leaving our communities exposed”.
West Yorkshire also as saw a 33% in violence against the person crimes, a 39% increase in possession of weapons offences and a 64% increase in public order offences.
The latest police workforce figures show that West Yorkshire Police Force has lost 1,160 officers since 2010, as crime level and police workload soars.
Tracy Brabin, the Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen said:
“Our police officers are doing an excellent job in harder and harder conditions but sadly it seems our police are at breaking point with crime on the rise. Yet the Government continue to force real terms cuts on our police service.
“West Yorkshire Police has lost nearly 1,200 officers since 2010 and the rise in crime demonstrates that the Tories have left our communities exposed. People in my community will expect to see the local police given the resources and the officers they need to fight crime, anti-social behaviour and keep us safe.”
Louise Haigh, Labour’s Shadow Policing and Crime Minister said:
“These damning new figures prove that this government cannot be trusted to keep our communities safe.
“Thanks to years of Conservative cuts, police numbers are now the lowest on record, at a time when forces are under unprecedented pressure. You can’t protect the public on the cheap.
“This is the grim legacy of seven years of Tory austerity; dedicated police officers fighting hard to keep the public safe with fewer officers per head than ever before. Labour will recruit another 10,000 new police officers to help keep us safe.”