When the government broke its own rules to put troops on British streets in the aftermath of the terror attacks to fill gaps in police cover, the SKWAWKBOX exclusively revealed that Theresa May had authorised the deployment of troops before the official start of Operation Temperer – and that she and her Home Secretary Amber Rudd had stripped a UK anti-extremism unit bare in order to release resources for Brexit.
Theresa May put us all at risk in her pursuit of the Tories ideological and counterproductive agenda.
In 2010, England and Wales had 143,737 police officers. According to the Home Office ‘Police Workforce Data’ published in July, we now have 123,142.
Che Donald, the national lead on firearms, tasers and police mental health for the Police Federation of England and Wales, looked at these numbers and translated them into a shocking graphic:
The loss in police numbers, as Che worked out, is equivalent to losing every single police officer in the twelve forces marked in red on the map.
In this simple, effective image Che Donald lays out powerfully the depth and severity of the government’s cuts to our police. Cuts that can only put UK citizens – and the mental health of our police – in danger.
Even more shockingly, May and Rudd plan to cut deeper – by an astonishing 60%: twelve thousand more police officers, according to London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
May still hopes to keep us all focused on Brexit as a distraction from everything else the Tories are doing, but it’s evident that a continuing Tory government is a clear and present danger to us all.
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