Figures from the Home Office show that police officer strength in Greater Manchester has fallen by 357 or 4.4% in the last 12 months. This cut in strength is higher than the average of 3.2% across all 43 police forces. A report of the independent Inspectorate of Constabulary said that research suggests that "…higher levels of police are linked to lower levels of property crime”. Research published with the report also suggests that a 10 per cent cut in officer numbers would lead to a three per cent increase in property crime.
“The cuts in police officer strength in the North West are the second highest of any region in the country. Cuts in Greater Manchester are also higher than the average across all police forces. These cuts are a gamble with crime levels.”
“In March 2010 there were a record 8,148 police officers in the Greater Manchester police force and between 2003 and 2010, total crime fell by 35%. We have already lost 357 police officers and last month there were announcements of the loss of 600 police staff, including crime scene investigators, forensic scientists and call handlers.
“I am very worried that the cuts to the numbers of police officers will lead to a rise in crime, particularly property crime.”
Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:
“Theresa May has put Chief Constables up and down the country in an impossible position. Crime fell for many years under Labour, but people want it to fall further. Right now the Government has no plan to cut crime, they are only cutting officers instead."