The Liberal Democrats have today announced plans to fund at least 14 police officers across Cheadle as part of an extra £1bn nationwide investment into community policing.
This commitment amounts to 20,000 more police officers across England
and Wales. The Liberal Democrats will also fund an immediate 2% pay-rise for serving police officers.
Liberal Democrat plans stand in stark contrast to Labour and the Conservatives. Both parties have made big promises on police numbers, but have failed to commit the funding needed to deliver them.
At the same time, Liberal Democrats are warning that Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans risk letting hundreds of criminals to escape justice.
The region's police forces have used the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) to bring over 500 criminal fugitives to justice over the past five years. Greater Manchester police force alone extradited 221 criminals to justice in their home country in the last 5 years.
The EAW allows the speedy extradition of wanted criminals, but senior police have warned that the UK risks losing access to the scheme because of Brexit.
Liberal Democrat candidate Tom Morrison said:
“Too many people feel unsafe in their own homes. With entire communities feeling exposed and vulnerable, both the Tories and Labour are claiming to offer solutions but the sums don’t add up.
“Boris Johnson's reckless Brexit threatens to cut the UK off from vital crime-fighting tools. His plans mean that hundreds of criminals in North West England could remain at large, threatening the safety of our community.
“Only the Liberal Democrats have a bold and credible plan to increase the number of police across Cheadle. The Liberal Democrats are committing £1 billion nationwide investment per year to fund this – that’s £250 million more than Labour or the Tories.”