Neighbourhood policing is “under attack” said Daniel Zeichner MP as sweeping cuts to Cambridgeshire Police were announced today.
The number of uniformed PCSOs on Cambridgeshire’s streets will be slashed in half from 80 to 40. Meanwhile the community safety team will also be scrapped.
Daniel Zeichner MP said:
“This is bad news for Cambridge. We have already seen a reduction in uniformed officers on the streets, and frankly local communities feel the difference. There has been a steady rise in anti-social behaviour, and open drug taking.
I have always been a big supporter of PCSOs who do such valuable and vital work in communities underpinning the police service.
I fear this is the death knell for neighbourhood policing.
In these difficult times during the pandemic, when there are ever-changing new rules to explain and enforce, their role is particularly important.
“I lay the blame squarely at the feet of the Government. Local police forces should not be forced into making such cuts. It is clear that alongside everything else, this incompetent government also cannot be trusted to keep local people safe. I feel particularly for those hardworking and professional staff facing redundancy at a terrible time to look for a new job.”
Nicky Massey, Labour candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner added:
“The Tories talk the talk on recruiting more police officers but then they slash the numbers of all the staff supporting them. It’s ridiculous. After a decade of austerity our police force is already under pressure – the government need to do better – because the people of Cambridge deserve to be kept safe.”