The Essex Labour Group will use the upcoming full council meeting to campaign against planned cuts to police services. With safety and security now at the heart of our national agenda, it’s crucial that we look to prioritize the safekeeping of Essex residents.
The text of the motion reads:
We believe that Essex residents have the right to feel safe in their communities. Any programme of cuts that puts spending reductions before public and personal safety should be firmly rejected.
Public services can no longer rely on achieving balanced budgets by cutting back office functions and we are now seeing cuts to frontline and specialist staff across the County leaving residents feeling vulnerable. Hundreds of Police officers and PCSOS are being relieved from duty against the wishes of Essex residents. What the people of Essex want is a visible and reassuring presence provided by neighbourhood Policing Teams.
Port towns, such as Harwich for example, are also feeling the strain. Border force officers are struggling to maintain vital security measures with an increasingly diminishing budget. At a time of uncertainty, where threats across Europe continue to make waves here in the UK, we feel that this authority should be working to insulate vital services from further reductions.
We therefore call upon the leadership of this council to follow the example of the Leader of Oxfordshire County Council to explain to the Prime Minister and Government that cuts to local government, and the Home Office are putting the safety of Essex residents at risk.
We also call upon the Police and Crime Commissioner to set a budget that delivers increased Police numbers, to ensure that the safety and security of Essex residents is improved.
The motion is proposed by Cllr Ivan Henderson, and seconded by Group Leader, Cllr Julie Young, both of whom are available for interview or comment.
‘Essex is the murder capital of the country, with 19 murders since April alone’, notes Cllr Henderson, ‘This is a staggering statistic. Now is simply not the time to cut police or border control staff’.