Sefton Central Labour MP discusses impact of cuts with police chief

Ben Winstanley

 

Bill Esterson, the Labour MP for Sefton Central met with Sefton Police Borough Commander for a briefing about policing in Sefton.

Bill raised a number of individual cases with Chief Superintendent Ian Pilliing and also asked for the police assessment of the impact of the cuts on crime in the borough.

Bill said: “I asked Chief Supt Pilling about some serious cases and he also reassured me that he is dealing with a number of enquiries about anti-social behaviour including vandalism and  litter in Maghull and Aintree.

"I expressed my concern to Mr Pilling that as police officers leave the service, it is hard to see how front line police levels can be maintained. Chief Supt Pilling reminded me that crime has been falling and I agreed with him that thanks to the record levels of investment by the last Labour government, we have excellent police and community support officers in Crosby, Formby, Maghull and Aintree.

"I am very impressed by the police in Sefton Central and by and large residents are pretty safe in Maghull, Crosby and Formby, although there are always exceptions and we are right to expect constant improvements in performance from the police.”

Bill Esterson has called for a debate in parliament into the impact of government cuts on public safety.

Bill said: “So far the police have put a freeze on recruitment on Merseyside. This means that so far front line police numbers have not fallen. This will change in the coming years for two reasons. As police officers leave the service, they will not be replaced. Also there is no budget for community support officers after the next two years.

"The likely cut in police numbers is 800 police officers and 600 community support officers. The government has made deep cuts without working out what the effect will be on crime or on public safety and that’s why I have called for a debate in parliament on the subject. The cuts to our emergency services being made by the government have been made too fast and I am very worried that no analysis has been carried out into the impact on crime levels or public safety of the cuts.”

 

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