Labour today announces a plan to make Britain's communities safer, by putting thousands more frontline staff into critical public services, including police, fire, prison, intelligence and border agencies.
In the wake of large-scale Tory cuts to police and security resulting in 37,000 fewer staff, Labour will recruit:
• 10,000 more police officers.
• 3,000 more firefighters.
• 3,000 more prison officers.
• 1,000 more security and intelligence agency staff.
• 500 more border guards.
Labour's plans to boost staff numbers in these agencies will return staffing levels closer to those when Labour left office.
Since the Tories came to power in 2010 they've cut 626 Police Officers from Devon and Cornwall. They've fired armed officers and cut the number of police dogs. Each and every cut was voted for by Plymouth's Tory MPs.
I won't vote to cut our Police. I'll back our Police by voting for the extra funding they need to protect all our communities. The Tories will cut further. Labour will protect the Police. That's the choice at this election: cuts or investment in our Police.
Under the Tories, serious crime is up, staffing levels at the security and intelligence services have been cut, and fire and rescue budgets have been cut by more than 30 per cent. Their reckless cuts to police budgets have led to the loss of 20,000 police officers, and they have dangerously reduced the number of staff in our increasingly overcrowded prisons and weakened our Border Force.
Ensuring the safety of our communities demands properly resourced action across many fronts. It means upholding and enforcing our individual rights, promoting community relations, supporting our emergency services, tackling and preventing crime and protecting us from danger, including threats of terror and violence.
Oliver Colvile voted to cut 626 police officers in Devon and Cornwall. Labour's Luke Pollard will oppose cuts to our Police. That's the choice at this election.