A SOUTH Yorkshire MP has warned the UK faces a bleak future, which will see people increasingly unsafe in their own communities.
Barnsley Central Labour MP Dan Jarvis made his prediction this week, after witnessing first hand the effect of ‘severe’ government cuts to the frontline policing budget.
Mr Jarvis has been ‘on the beat’ all week, accompanying police officers in his constituency on operations, routine patrols and prison visits.
He said: “I wanted to see for myself what effect this loss will have and hear the concerns of police officers and the public first hand.”
Mr Jarvis claimed the cuts show a ‘lack of vision’ on the part of the Government and warned that we now face ‘uncertain’ times as the ripple effects of the cuts begin to spread through our country.
He said: “The Government is giving the police less and less and yet expecting them to do more and more.
“The recent unrest and rioting, coupled with unemployment figures and a difficult economic situation, tells us that this is not the time to be taking away from the police.”
The cuts will mean a 20 per cent loss to frontline policing. This will mean 16,000 fewer police officers nationally, with 500 lost in this region alone.
“I’ve asked a lot of people their opinions on the cuts while I’ve been out and about this week and I can honestly say not a single one thought they were a good idea.”
Mr Jarvis, aged 38, was a soldier in the Parachute Regiment for 15 years and says he has nothing but admiration for the officers who, in spite of everything, continue to put on their uniform every day and face whatever the job throws at them.
He said: “These officers all have concerns about their own working conditions and their own pensions, yet they continue to do the best job they can with what they have and I’ve been so impressed by their humour and team spirit.”
He also admitted he is geniunely worried about the future of the force and insists he will continue to highlight the issues until somebody listens.
He said: “It’s my job to help the Labour party hold the current government to account.
“People will be less safe as a result of these cuts.
“That’s not scaremongering, it’s reality.”
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