Former Sussex policewoman Christine Bayliss, who is the Labour Party candidate in Bexhill and Battle, has said a return of the Conservative Government would be the end of “community policing”.
Christine, who won a commendation for bravery from her time with the police on the streets of Hastings, says Government austerity has savaged the police budget effectively extinguishing the chances of ever seeing a ‘Bobby on the beat’.
She says that a vote for Labour on June 8 will give the police an injection of funds and pay for thousands of new officers.
During her nine years of service she helped establish the first Neighbourhood Watch area and was a pioneer community beat officer in St Leonards.
She is now horrified as the savage cuts to police officer numbers and that some duties like parking enforcement are no longer being carried out. Christine also believes the budget restrictions mean vital crime-fighting links between the police and local communities has been quietly abolished.
She said: “As a former police officer I know how important it is to have local police officers who know the neighbourhood and people in it. The Conservative Government have taken away twenty thousand police officers nationally which is why we rarely see a bobby on the beat.
“The Conservatives cuts have sent a wrecking ball through police numbers and community policing. People who want to see more police safeguarding our homes and communities need to vote Labour, as we will invest in all our vital public services.”
In Rother for example, the number of Police Community Support officers (PCSOs) has been cut by 43% compared with 12 months ago. The new police plan now aims to break the link between the PCSOs and their communities and pool this precious community resource as a way of saving money. Labour will reverse the cut of twenty thousand police officers since 2010 providing ten thousand new officers paid for by reversing the £2.7 billion cut in capital gains tax.
The Tories will tell you the General Election is all about Brexit but in reality a vote for the Tories is a vote to endorse their strategy of cuts to vital public services. Don’t let them get off scot-free. Vote for Christine Bayliss on June 8.