John Cotton, Nicky Brennan, Simon Foster and Tom McNeil at Birmingham Labour
John Cotton, Nicky Brennan, Simon Foster and Tom McNeil at Birmingham Labour's Safer Communities Campaign Launch

Leading figures from Birmingham Labour have launched the party’s Summer campaign for the government to return the missing officers that West Midlands Police has lost to cuts since 2010.

West Midlands Police have had 2,221 officers cut since 2010, but under government plans will only be getting 1,200 back. Leaving the force missing 1,000 officers.

Birmingham Labour is now calling on the government for them to be returned to the region’s force.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster said,

“When it comes to West Midlands Police it is clear that there has been no levelling up. Despite grand promises West Midlands Police is receiving 1,000 fewer officers from the government than we had in 2010

“With growing fears of crime and anti-social behaviour as lockdown ends the government needs to take notice and deliver the missing 1,000 police officers that the West Midlands needs.”

Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities, Councillor John Cotton, said:

“The Tories have spent the best part of a decade defunding West Midlands Police and have failed to deliver on their promises of bringing back officer numbers.

“Birmingham Labour will be fighting side by side with our Labour Police and Crime Commissioner to force the government to change course and return our 1,000 missing officers.

“Residents are increasingly worried about anti-social behaviour and violent crime. As well as investing in youth services we need the government to deliver the police our communities need too.”

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