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LABOUR’S EMILY BROTHERS TOURS SUTTON POLICE STATION
SUNDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2014

 

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, joined large numbers of local people today at an open day held at Sutton Police Station. Ms Brothers said:
“I want to see a Police Service that is connected with our neighbourhoods. That’s why these open days are so important. They help us understand how police officers operate and better appreciate the pressures they encounter. It is also great fun for the children, to say hello to the dogs and get close to the cars.


“We all rely on the police to keep us safe and protect our communities, but this is getting increasingly difficult in the changing environment. The police are doing what they can but the scale and pace of the Government's cuts over the last four years is hitting services hard, despite its promises that the front line would not be affected.


“Neighbourhood policing is an integral part of the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour. That was behind Labour’s motivation to appoint former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens to undertake the most comprehensive analysis of policing for half a century, making several recommendations on the future of policing in England and Wales, including a renewed focus on neighbourhood policing.
“Neighbourhood policing was pioneered by the last Labour Government as a new way for police forces to operate. It meant police officers were more rooted in the communities they served, more able to prevent crimes instead of just reacting to them and more likely to work in partnership with local authorities, the NHS and schools.


“Neighbourhood policing in Sutton and Cheam is under threat from the Tory-led government in Westminster. This means fewer Bobbies walking our streets, responding to 999 calls, talking to local people in the community and working to make sure that our families are kept safe.


“Policing – like all public services – is most effective when it reflects the views and voices of those it needs to serve. We need a renewed focus on neighbourhood policing that is rooted in the local community. Under the Tories we’ve seen police services grow more remote from those that they serve, but the next Labour Government will work to make sure that this trend is reversed.


“We need a new vision for policing in the 21st century that identifies new ways of tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities. Neighbourhood policing needs to be an integral part of that vision.”

 

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