MPs meet with Government Minister over Merseyside Police funding
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12 Mar 2019
a group of Merseyside MPs met with Minister of State for Policing The Rt Hon
Nick Hurd MP to raise their concerns about the impact of government cuts to
2010/11, Merseyside Police has received a 32% real terms reduction in central
the same period, Merseyside Police has seen a reduction in its workforce of
1,614 – from 7,350 to 5,736. This represents a 22% reduction which is above the
national figure of 18%.
is experiencing increases in traditional crime alongside increasing demand in
new and emerging crime areas such as Cyber, Vulnerability and online crimes.
Overall, crime in Merseyside has increased by 29% in the last five years, and
there was an increase of 12% in crime in the 12 months to the end of September
Greenwood, MP for Wirral West, who attended the meeting said:
MPs made it very clear to the minister that we need an increase in funding for
made it very clear to the Minister that the public in Wirral West are extremely
concerned about levels of anti-social behaviour and crime.
told him about the well-attended public meetings that I have held on these
issues and the very serious concerns that people have raised at those meetings.
explained to the minister that police officers and PCSOs in Wirral West work
incredibly hard, but they are spread too thinly. I told the minister that it is
wholly unacceptable for them to be put under stress as a result of government
minister was left in no doubt about the seriousness of the situation.
will continue to press the minister on the importance of increasing funding to