Tories have been short changing the public by cutting police numbers in Devon & Cornwall. Home Office figures demonstrate that there are now 162 fewer uniformed crime fighters in the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary. The official statistics show that in 2015 there were 1,727 uniformed crime fighters compared to the 1,559 today. (Source: the Mirror newspaper)
Nick Pentney, a Torquay town centre Councillor, said: “We have massive problems with crime and anti-social behaviour in our town centre. More and more people are telling me that they don’t do their shopping in the town centre any more. There was a time when Torquay had sufficient levels of PCSOs who could deter criminals and give shoppers and residents peace of mind. We desperately need those PCSOs back on our streets.”
Steve Darling, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council, said :“Torbay is a hot spot for crime compared to many other areas of Devon and Cornwall. It is a busy posting for serving officers and this has resulted in a massive drop by 80% in the numbers of PCSOs in Torquay. Torbay Liberal Democrats have now launched a petition demanding that the Police and Crime Commissioner funds more officers than her plans currently recommend”.