The Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and known personally to local people.
Everyone has the right to feel safe where they live, and everyone who has been the victim of a crime deserves justice.
But for too long, the Government has been ignoring victims, failing the police and letting our communities down.
And that’s why, last year, 1.8 million cases were closed without a suspect even being identified.
In Greater Manchester the police force failed to record an estimated 80,100 crimes reported to it between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020, amounting to about 220 crimes a day, according to a report from the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.
Even before the Covid pandemic, too many people felt unsafe in their own homes or walking down their own streets. In fact half of all people never even see police patrols in their local area.
Government Ministers like to talk tough on crime, but they have failed to do what works to actually keep people safe. Their unnecessary police cuts have contributed to a rise in serious violence.
Police need the officers, resources and time to focus on preventing and solving crimes.
Instead, the Tories want to waste police time chasing centralised Whitehall targets and carrying out pointless, suspicionless Stop and Search.
That’s why today, the Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted andknown personally to local people.
We will do what works to build communities where people are safe and feel safe too.
In Greater Manchester, policing is the responsibility of the Greater Manchester Mayor. Liberal Democrat candidate Simon Lepori, is asking for residents views on this important issue. Take part in Simon’s survey here.