The comments made by Sarah Jones, the Shadow Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, on 29 July 2021.
The Tories have spent a decade cutting our police workforce, leaving communities across the country exposed.
These figures expose the decimation the Tories have caused community policing. While cuts to police staff mean that even new police recruits will end up behind desks backfilling staff roles, instead of on the beat.
The Government’s new crime plan is in reality a bunch of rehashed policies designed to distract from the damage they have caused. When coupled with an insulting police pay freeze and failure to consult them on the crime plan, it’s no wonder frontline police have lost confidence in the Home Secretary.