Labour’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Essex has pulled up Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon and the Home Secretary Priti Patel’s recent press release for YourHarlow.Com as misleading.
PFCC Candidate Chris Vince, said:
“Their press release fails unsurprisingly to point out that since 2010 the amount of funding cut from the County’s police force is in fact over £18 000 000. This has meant less police on our streets and in our communities for over a decade. If the Conservative Party recognise the importance of ‘bobbies on the beat’ why did they get rid of them in the first place?
“In the last five years alone recorded crime in our county has gone up by a massive 51%. So although they may tell you that they are the party of law and order they are sadly anything but.
“Our County’s police officers have for too long been underfunded, under resourced and over worked, with officers having their rest days cancelled at the last minute, and now, during this terrible pandemic, putting themselves at risk on a daily basis. How long did it take the govt to recognise the need for them to wear PPE?
“Sadly this announcement, which interestingly enough comes just before the PFCC elections, has come far too late!”
Labour PFCC candidate for Essex