Following the release of new figures showing that Government cuts to police budgets are over three times greater than the recently announced new funding, Cllr Peter Lamb has called for Boris Johnson to keep his word and return Crawley’s police funding.
Since the Conservatives came to power, Sussex Police—who are responsible for policing in Crawley—have lost 32.3% of their funding from central government, leaving local policing in a weakened state.
The news comes on the back of recent revelations that despite 98% of police officers lost from the service in recent years having been cut from the frontline, around 7,000 police recruits will never see frontline duty.
Speaking about the state of policing in Crawley, Cllr Lamb said:
“Following the loss of frontline officers, crime and antisocial behaviour are now the top issues residents raise with me on the doorstep. They are tired of seeing it in our town centre and across Crawley’s neighbourhoods. Only the police have the power to end the decline and only the Government has the funding to give us the officers we need.
“We deserve more from our Prime Minister than empty promises, it’s time he learnt to keep his word and gave Crawley back its police.”