Local MP joins police out on patrol in Wirral
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16 Oct 2019
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
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.
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.
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
Greenwood MP said:
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
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
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.
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.
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.”