Boost community policing

October 26, 2018 12:56 PM

Derby North Lib Dem spokesperson Barry HollidayRecently the Home Affairs Select Committee released a report called 'Policing for the future'. Liberal Democrats across the country have called for a boost to police funding to turn the tide on serious violent crime. Your Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner, Barry Holliday, commented:

"Needless Conservative police cuts have already made our streets less safe. The Home Office's own reports shows that cuts have contributed to the rise in serious violent crime, yet the Tories continue to squeeze forces' budgets.

"The Liberal Democrats demand better. We're calling on the Chancellor to give police forces an extra £300 million a year to recruit more officers and boost community policing.

"Derby city has the highest crime rate of all police force areas in Derbyshire at a whopping 80 crimes per 1000 people, compared to just 32 crimes per 1000 people in the North-East Derbyshire. Crime is rising in Derby, in February 2018 447 crimes were reported, in August 2018 it was 573. That's a staggering increase of 28%!"