So the declining size of Essex Police cannot have passed by anyone who lives in the county, or certainly not in Southend. Round after round of vicious cuts has hollowed out the numbers of frontline officers, PCSOs and support staff, leaving those few with a thanklessly difficult job.
Time and again we are reassured that there is no impact on the service provided, and that policing is as robust as ever, but even a five year old can figure out that if you keep taking and taking away from policing resources then it will be impossible to maintain the same standard of service (Might be one to remember, for the near future -Ed).
A particularly potent example reaches your blogger’s ears of anti-social behaviour in a residential Westcliff street one night last week. Persons of ill-repute were apparently knocking the wing mirrors off parked cars, and when residents called the police, they were unable to help because no cars were available.
In other news, the Essex police precept is going up in 2016/17, and Police & Crime Commissioner elections are on 5th May.
Martin Terry, the Independent Party Group councillor for Thorpe ward and portfolio holder for Public Protection, Waste & Transport, has announced his intention to stand for the position of Police & Crime Commissioner for Essex.
I tried to think of something witty or funny to preface it with, but there really is just that. Cllr Terry wants to be the next Police & Crime Commissioner.
If they aren’t, then they are getting far too close for comfort, or safety...
Neither Southend, Essex, nor Britain can take another five years of ideological Tory cuts and mismanagement. Use your vote on May 7th. Kick Cameron and his incompetent mob out.
One of the key duties of a government is to keep its citizens safe. Externally, this is down its armed forces and its diplomacy. Internally, by the police. For some reason it seems to historically have been presumed that the Conservatives are the party of law and order.
That is, of course, tosh.
If the sight of a Conservative Home Secretary being booed by the Police Federation isn’t enough, how about a policing budget being cut by 4% per year since the Tories came to power. This is as well as wasting some £100m to elect “Police & Crime Commissioners” (and another 3.7 this month on a by-election for such).
So with all that money coming out of budgets, how have police numbers in the county of Essex been affected? Well, they’ve gone down, obviously.