"The Conservative Government is failing to deliver the promised 456 more police officers for Avon & Somerset" says Cllr Chris Booth.
Analysis of Home Office statistics by the Liberal Democrats has shown that a total of 318 extra officers have been recruited by Avon & Somerset Police under the Government’s uplift programme that started in September 2019.
It also reveals that Avon & Somerset Police only recruited an extra 25 officers under the campaign in the last three months – fewer than are needed to meet the Conservatives’ pledge of 20,000 more officers nationwide by March 2023.
To meet the Conservatives' own target of 456 for Avon & Somerset by March 2023, that rate would have to increase to 15 per month over the final nine months of the programme.
Taunton Deane Liberal Democrats have slammed the government for failing to keep their promise to communities, adding that there needs to be a return to full and proper community policing.
Responding to the figures, Cllr Chris Booth, Executive Member for Community on Somerset West & Taunton Council said:
“People are being let down and taken for granted by this Conservative Government. With so many local crimes going unsolved, we desperately need more police on our streets and in our communities. Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and known personally to local people.”
He added, “The Conservatives’ pledge to boost police officer numbers looks set to become yet another of their broken promises. They are letting down victims of crime and our communities right across our area.”