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Shadow Policing Minister highlights “real-life” impact of government cuts to police numbers on visit to Redcar.

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Mr Dromey visited a women’s aid centre with Redcar’s Labour Candidate, Anna Turley to speak with support workers.

The Tories plan a 23% reduction in police funding over the next parliament which would lead to an estimated 1200 further officers lost on top of 1402 already cut since 2010 in the North East.

One in five police officers has been cut from Cleveland police and this is having an impact on the front line in our communities. Police have warned that they are increasingly overstretched, with almost 17,000 police officers lost nationally since David Cameron came to power. New figures out today show 999 response times have gone up 50% in the last 3 years.

Labour will put the police back on the beat with visible neighbourhood policing at the heart of our communities, with more officers on the front line funded by abolishing the post of police and crime commissioners.

Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister Jack Dromey said:

“You can’t trust the Tories with public safety, 999 waits have gone up significantly, including here in both Cleveland and Durham, putting victims at risk, especially victims of violent crime.

“As reports of rape, child abuse and domestic abuse increase, the number of prosecutions is falling and cuts to police numbers put these victims at further risk.

“This isn’t just a debate about numbers, cutting police officers has a real impact on people’s lives.”

Anna said:

“I took Jack to meet the team at Eva - the Women's Aid charity in Redcar supporting women suffering from domestic abuse. We heard from staff and service users about the important work they are doing and how the police and justice system can work in partnership with specialist organisations like Eva to recognise, prioritise and help prevent domestic abuse.”

“Labour will strengthen domestic violence laws, so that fewer offenders are able to slip through the net. We will establish a new National Refuge Fund, ensuring that women and children have somewhere to turn when in need and continue the funding stability for rape crisis centres. And we will appoint a new Commissioner to set minimum standards in tackling domestic and sexual violence.”

“We cannot risk another 5 years of extreme spending cuts to our police service and organisations that do such important work supporting victims.”

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