On May 10th 2012 I will be joining police officers marching in protest against 20% budget cuts.
I’m a member of the public that is horrified at the ConDems’ demolition of all the institutions that we value.
My large local policing base has been moved from a few doors down to a town that is 30 minutes’ drive away.
The local SNT has dwindled to one PC and one PCSO. Formerly it was a large team.
The SNT are so rushed off their feet it’s impossible to have a conversation with them without them being interrupted and being called to help the severely overstretched response teams.
When I phone for help, I want to see a sworn police officer, not a private security patrol that isn’t accountable to anyone other than their company’s shareholders.
We must preserve the Office of Constable.
The ConDems agenda is privatisation at any cost, as a matter of dogma not necessity.
Who will be there to keep us safe?