The police are calling on the government for more powers and financial backing in order to take on the horrific wave of violent crime sweeping the country.
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Chairwoman of the National Police Chiefs Council, Sara Thornton, has been clear today: “What I’ve said is that there are fewer officers therefore there is less policing going on and there’s more crime.
“It’s not the only thing that’s going on but it’s part of the equation.”
Around 20,000 police officers have been cut since 2010, especially shameful given the UK now sends £14 billion per year away in foreign aid.
Why have we cut police numbers whilst giving away £14 billion each year in foreign aid? https://t.co/ysUglXttpI
— Michael Heaver (@Michael_Heaver) March 6, 2019
Though Theresa May has played down the link between police numbers and crime, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said: “I think police resources are very important to deal with this.
“We’ve got to do everything we can. I’m absolutely committed to working with the police in doing this. We have to listen to them when they talk about resources.”
Sky News have spoken to Sajid Javid who attended a meeting with seven police chiefs from the Met, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, West Midlands and South Wales who want the power to search people without requiring grounds and extra money for a surge against knife crime.
Police chiefs will have until Friday to set out how much investment their plans will require.
West Midlands Police are currently utilising powers to stop and search without reasonable grounds.
We're using Section 60 powers across #Birmingham again today, until 3am tomorrow. They give us the ability to stop and search people without the need to show reasonable grounds. Find out more here: https://t.co/ycnAS52GIP #lifeorknife pic.twitter.com/PPK4BJAE8W
— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) March 6, 2019
And Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has said that the Armed Forces “always stand ready to help any government department”. If things continue spiralling out of control, could we see soldiers on the streets?
Number of fatal stabbings highest since records began in 1946.
726 homicides in year ending March 2018, highest number since 2008.
Most common age-group for victims of homicides 16 to 24-year-olds. https://t.co/ZSulIjibiz
— Michael Heaver (@Michael_Heaver) February 7, 2019
One thing is for sure: the horrific wave of violence we’ve seen across the country cannot be allowed to continue. We need more police, more prisons and tougher sentences for dangerous criminal thugs.
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