Mark's concern at drop in frontline police numbers(February 08, 2012)
Official figures have shown a drop in frontline police numbers in Lancashire. By the end of March 499 police officers will have gone and by 2015 some 550 officers will be lost. This is in the wake of statistics being published showing a rise in personal crimes – which includes robbery, theft and violence – had gone up by a shocking 11% nationally.
Mark said "Despite warnings from the Labour Party and Senior Police Officers, the Home Secretary has continued with her policy of cutting police officers and not crime. I have met with frontline police officers and they have told me of the pressure police forces are already experiencing with the budget cuts and the subsequent rise in crime.
The Home Secretary needs to urgently rethink the scale of police cuts and set out a proper plan to cut crime instead."