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It's time to restore community policing.

April 16, 2021 6:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Sukh Dhillon & Jo Hanney-no to knives campaign_pre-pandemic photoEveryone has the right to feel safe where they live, and everyone who has been the victim of a crime deserves justice.

But for too long, this Conservative Government has been ignoring victims, failing the police and letting our communities down.

And that's why, last year, 1.8 million cases were closed without a suspect even being identified.

Even before the Covid pandemic, too many people felt unsafe in their own homes or walking down their own streets. In fact half of all people never even see police patrols in their local area.

Also before the pandemic Lib Dem campaigners Sukh Dhillon, candidate for Upton Ward, and Jo Hanney, candidate for Kedermister Ward, were campaigning, as in the photo at the Harrow, for agencies and communities to work together to combat knife crime. Community policing, including more Bobbies-on-the-Beat, is an imporant part of this approach to preventing crime.

Conservative Ministers like to talk tough on crime, but they have failed to do what works to actually keep people safe. Their unnecessary police cuts have contributed to a rise in serious violence.

Cllr John Howson, Liberal Democrat candidate for Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

"Everyone in the Thames Valley should be able to feel safe in their homes and walking down our streets. But this Conservative Government is leaving our communities vulnerable and letting criminals get away with it.

"Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and known personally to local people. We will do what works to build communities where people are safe and feel safe too."

Police need the officers, resources and time to focus on preventing and solving crimes.