Labour's Shadow Welsh Secretary has accused the UK Government of misleading the public over the likely impact of spending cuts on policing. Owen Smith says today's report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary shows clearly how the cuts will affect both frontline officers and support staff:
And he warned that the cuts could lead to an increase in crime:
(Welsh Secretary) Cheryl Gillan and (Wales Office minister) David Jones keep reassuring people that Welsh crime figures might not necessarily rise as a result of the cuts, but in Labour we know that there was a clear connection between the investment we made in policing, increasing the numbers of frontline officers to record levels, and the corresponding record low in crime figures.
Let’s hope the Government are right, but at present they are displaying a staggering degree of complacency as they preside over unprecedented cuts in police resources.