At a time when the country is experiencing so much knife crime, it would be hard to try and avoid the fact that the cuts which the emergency services have had to endure have not, in some way, been responsible for this increase.
You only need to speak to serving police officers, of all ranks, in order to get a feeling of their frustration at having to do more work and deal with more incidents, with fewer resources.
And yes, polices forces up-and-down the country are going through a recruitment process.
But the invaluable experience of veteran officers is being lost to a high amount of resignations which some police forces are experiencing.
Officers are resigning who do not recognise the job as being the same job that they joined say, maybe ten years ago.
So many police commentators and policing professionals have been dumbfounded by the fact that the Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire, during an interview with Radio 5 Live said:
“I don’t think the savings that we made were a mistake” when asked by Emma Barnett as to whether or not he ‘regrets police cuts in light of [the current- knife crime problem’.
The Chairman of the Police Federation of England & Wales, which represents 122,000 police officers, said:
“Violent crime is out of control, gang crime is unprecedented and there are children being stabbed to death on our streets.
“Policing is in crisis, the country is in crisis but still the Government has its head in the sand. This response is shameful”.
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