This week Parliament discussed neighbourhood policing. It took me back to my old boss Charles Clarke who, as Home Secretary in 2005, wanted to increase police numbers and lower costs by reshaping and reducing the overall number of forces. He’d received a report from Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary arguing that the existing structure wasn’tContinue reading 2-tier police force could patrol our streets and fight organised crime
I recently received an email from an irate constituent. His car, parked outside his home, was damaged in an attempted theft. Fortunately, a neighbour witnessed the incident and managed to note the registration of the getaway vehicle. Three days later, the police hadn’t given any indication they intended to pursue the matter. They hadn’t evenContinue reading Police must hear priorities of the public
Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham, Selly Oak) has slammed the Government over the rise in crime in the West Midlands which he says are a direct result of cuts to police funding.
Today the National Audit Office has published a report revealing that the Government has no real “national picture of what [police] forces need”, “no common standards for measuring all demands for police services” and that, as a result, the existing funding formula for police services is not fit for purpose. The report says that “there are signs emerging that forces are finding it harder to deliver an effective service” and this is something Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham, Selly Oak) says is reflected in the experiences of his constituents.
Steve McCabe MP has revealed that over half of people who responded to his constituency wide consultation on crime and policing told him that they, or someone they know, had been a victim of crime or anti-social behaviour in the last year and people fear anti-social behaviour is taking over our streets.
Steve McCabe MP says it’s a bit ironic that a constituency wide consultation he’s launching to gather views about rising crime, how it affects his constituents and their families and what should be done it, should coincide with his own recent encounter with two thugs who struck him in the face with a brick.
Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe has dismissed the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement as little more than a sticking plaster designed to cover up previous government blunders on the economy.