As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on March 2nd, Stephanie has warned the Tories are ‘failing to protect the public’ after new figures revealed Government funding to South Yorkshire Police is to be cut for an eighth consecutive year.
The news comes as police officer numbers nationwide fall to the lowest level in three decades., and the Labour Party are calling on the Government to properly fund the police with crime rocketing.
New crime figures released last month showed the highest annual rise in police recorded crime since comparable records began in 2002.
Since 2010 South Yorkshire Police has lost 480 officers, and 36 per cent of its PCSOs, meaning almost 600 fewer frontline staff.
Commenting, Stephanie said:
“Our police are at breaking point and the Tories prescription is yet more reckless funding cuts for our local force. The Government are failing in their duty to protect the public.”
“With crime soaring and officer numbers dwindling, our local police force simply cannot afford more cuts.”