MPs back cuts then or­gan­ise pe­ti­tions!

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DEAR Edi­tor, In the week when we saw re­ports in the na­tional press that po­lice re­sponse times are suf­fer­ing (we’re told it can now take days to re­spond to a 999 call), a Soli­hull Coun­cil re­port showed that 1,671 more crimes have been re­ported this year com­pared to last. And this comes on the back of plans to sell our po­lice sta­tion.

As a coun­cil­lor in Smith’s Wood, res­i­dents re­ported to me that hav­ing rung 999 (as lo­cal youths ran across the roofs of their bun­ga­lows), the near­est re­sponse car was ten . miles away, and stuck in rush hour traf­fic. They were seen four days af­ter they made their call.

At the same time, we’ve heard politi­cians ac­cuse the po­lice of wast­ing re­sources. The sim­ple fact is that our po­lice force sim­ply doesn’t have the re­sources it needs. They have seen their bud­get cut by 25 per cent over the last few years.

It’s no good just blam­ing the po­lice any­more. They need proper re­sources to do their jobs prop­erly.

It is scan­dalous and de­cep­tive for our MPs to vote for these cuts in West­min­ster, then come back here and or­gan­ise “pe­ti­tions” crit­i­cis­ing peo­ple for mak­ing the cuts they them­selves voted for.

It’s time for more hon­esty with the pub­lic – I call on our lo­cal Con­ser­va­tive MPs to call on their party in Gov­ern­ment to sort this out and to stop vot­ing for these cuts, or to be hon­est with the pub­lic that they are the ones to blame for the po­lice’s prob­lems, not the hard-work­ing men and women who go above and be­yond to pro­tect us ev­ery day. Coun­cil­lor Mark Wil­son, Green Party,

(Smith’s Wood Ward), Soli­hull MBC

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