Barbara is raising deep concerns about policing numbers now that the Government’s pledge to recruit extra police officers in Greater Manchester appears to be unravelling. Research shows that the recruitment targets being set would still leave Greater Manchester Police with 1,000 fewer officers than the force had when the Labour Government left power in 2010.

Greater Manchester Police has lost over 1,700 police officer posts since 2010 – dropping from over 8,100 police officers in 2010 to just 6,440 in 2019 (a 21% drop)

However, the Government’s recruitment target for Greater Manchester is 347 new posts, or 5.8% of the national target. If recruitment continues Greater Manchester Police might have 750 new officers by 2022 but that would be almost 1,000 officers short of the number of officers in 2010.

Barbara said:

“Many constituents contact me about crime and policing issues and tell me how fearful they are with the current low levels of police officers, who are overstretched to deal with increasing levels of crime.

“The Prime Minister has promised 20,000 new officers “on the streets” but this claim falls apart when we see much lower figures being the actual recruitment target for our local police in Greater Manchester. We are being sold short.”

“The Tories have cut the funding and resources that Greater Manchester Police need to keep our communities safe. It seems clear that the brutal Tory police cuts are not being reversed as promised, leaving local communities at risk.”

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