Conservatives breaking police officer promise

Please see below a template press release on the latest police stats, which show the Government is off-track for its manifesto pledge of 20,000 more officers.


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TEMPLATE: Conservatives breaking police officer promise

Dear all,

Please see below a template press release on the latest police stats, which show the Government is off-track for its manifesto pledge of 20,000 more officers.

Local figures by Police Force Area can be found in this spreadsheet. This template is only for those areas that are off target – please check for a “NO” in column K of the spreadsheet.

This template is for England and Wales only.

For any questions, please email: press@libdempress.org.uk

Conservatives breaking police officer promise for [AREA]

The Conservative Government is failing to deliver the promised [INSERT FIGURE - COLUMN G] more police officers for [AREA].

Analysis of Home Office statistics by the Liberal Democrats has shown that [AREA]’s officer numbers rose by only [INSERT FIGURE - COLUMN D] in the last year.

A total of [INSERT FIGURE - COLUMN H] extra officers have been recruited by [AREA] Police under the Government’s campaign that started in September 2019.

[AREA] Police has so far recruited just [INSERT FIGURE - COLUMN I] more officers per month under the scheme. To meet the Conservatives' own target of [INSERT FIGURE - COLUMN G] by March 2023, that rate would have to increase to [INSERT FIGURE - COLUMN J] per month over the next 15 months.

[AREA]’s 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, [NAME], Liberal Democrat spokesperson for [AREA], said:

“People in [AREA] 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.”

“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.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

The ‘Police officer uplift, quarterly update to December 2021’, published on 26 January 2022 by the Home Office