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Volume 602: debated on Monday 23 November 2015


Monday 23 November 2015

Presented Petition

Petition presented to the House but not read on the Floor

Police Cuts in Merseyside

The petition of Residents of Merseyside,

Declares that Merseyside Police has already lost 1600 people since 2010; further that if cuts don’t stop now, Merseyside Police will lose all PCSOs, the entire mounted section and 1000 more police officers and staff; further than additional cuts will affect the teams which fight serious and organised crime, investigate rape and sexual violence and tackle hate crime; further that the cuts will also affect the Force’s ability to provide neighbourhood policing, as it is depleted from a strength of more than 7300 officers in 2010 to fewer than 4500 officers in 2019; further that this situation could get even worse if the Chancellor decides to cut the police budget even further on November 25th; further that more cuts may put the safety of Merseyside residents at risk; and further that with crime already starting to rise, the petitioners believe that these damaging cuts should be stopped before they seriously weaken the Force’s ability to keep residents safe.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to end the cuts to Merseyside Police.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.