Police Officer Numbers Debate

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Department: Home Office

Police Officer Numbers
Sir Edward Davey Excerpts
Monday 16th July 2018

(1 year, 7 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Victoria Atkins Portrait Victoria Atkins - Hansard
16 Jul 2018, 3:03 p.m.

I am sure that my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary would agree with me that the way in which Bedfordshire is kept safe is through the excellent work of its police officers and its Conservative police and crime commissioner, who has managed to increase officer numbers in her constabulary by 6.5% over the past year.

Sir Edward Davey Portrait Sir Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton) (LD) - Hansard
16 Jul 2018, 3:04 p.m.

Has the Minister read the evidence produced by the Home Office for the serious violence strategy, which shows that it is highly likely that police cuts have contributed to the rise in violent crime? If she has not, will she publish it?

Victoria Atkins Portrait Victoria Atkins - Hansard

This rather demonstrates the difference between this Government and the right hon. Gentleman’s party. We are concerned with answering the question that the public ask us: how can we make our country safer? We have taken a cold, hard look at the rise in serious violence, and we have drawn together, from a range of parties, including the police, healthcare providers, schools and so on, the serious violence strategy, and it is through that strategy, with the help of those providers, that we will tackle this issue.