Cuts Watch #320: Minister denies Police cut crime
A Labour Party survey has revealed that 42 of the country’s 43 police forces have ceased recruitment of new officers; only Surrey is still taking on new constables. Given the fact that about six thousand officers retire each year, this inevitably will lead to falling police numbers. In response, justice minister Nick Herbert has claimed that there is “no link” between an increase in the number of officers and a reduction in crime.
No, Nick Herbert isn’t one of the Lib Dem members of the government: it is a Conservative minister who says that “more police does not mean less crime” as the Telegraph put it. (And their disbelief at what they were writing is palpable!)