Local MP joins police out on patrol in Wirral

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16 Oct 2019

MP for Wirral West Margaret Greenwood joined Merseyside Police on patrol in Wirral recently to gain an insight into the work that local police teams do to keep communities safe.

During the visit to Wallasey Police Station, Margaret Greenwood met with Chief Inspector Nick Gunatilleke and his team to discuss the issues they are encountering across the borough, from knife crime to antisocial behaviour.

Margaret Greenwood also had the opportunity to accompany a Police Community Support Officer on his routine patrol in Wirral West to experience the work undertaken every day in the area.

The visit was organised as part of the national Give a Day to Policing scheme, which aims to build long-term relationships and dialogue between police forces and politicians.

Margaret Greenwood MP said:

“I would like to thank the Wirral Community Police Team for inviting me to join them on patrol to see first-hand the invaluable work officers do to keep our streets safe.

“I was very impressed by the professionalism of local officers, who have to deal with unpredictable and challenging situations every day, by the positive relationships they have with local people and the protection they give to the most vulnerable. 

“Over the last decade, police resources have been savagely cut. The recent government announcement of an additional 200 police for Merseyside should be put in context. Since 2010, Merseyside Police has lost 1,120 officers because of the drastic cuts to their budget made by Conservative governments.

“Despite the many challenges the police face, they do a fantastic job here in Wirral and it is important that local communities continue to support them. Recording crime and anti-social behaviour is key. People can call 101 to report a non-urgent issue, and in the case of emergencies, dial 999.

“It is essential that the police service has the resources it needs to keep us safe. A Labour Government will recruit thousands of front line police officers and ensure our vital public services are protected and properly funded.”