Tuesday, 24 February 2009


The answer to Superintendent David Hartson’s comments yesterday has appeared-Thousands of police to lose jobs as forces feel the pinch large numbers of police forces are planning to cut thousands of officers despite the threat of a recession-driven surge in crime and disorder.

Representatives from dozens of police forces contacted by The Times last night gave a grim picture of falling numbers and “significant and painful” cuts.

Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said: “Jacqui Smith warned that crime could rise during a recession. If the Home Office is not careful, it will find itself sleepwalking into a crimewave.”

Chris Grayling, the Shadow Home Secretary, said: “This has to be the final nail in the coffin of Tony Blair’s promise that Labour would be tough on crime. We already have many violent crimes rocketing and crimes like burglaries on the rise again.”

I am with the “pro” camp we need more police, especially on the street, but the way to gain public support isn’t really to try to scare us, but to appeal to our intelligence and common sense.

David Hartson has it seems tried to exaggerate hypothetical problems in order to secure the jobs of police “persons”, all he had to do was tell the truth and ask for support, and he would have got it.

Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.” Miguel de Servantes


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