“It seems Sajid Javid will talk about anything to tackle knife crime except the one thing that communities most desperately need: more police officers." ... Ed Davey MP
Responding to Sajid Javid's speech about tackling knife crime, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:
“It seems Sajid Javid will talk about anything to tackle knife crime except the one thing that communities most desperately need: more police officers.
“The Home Office’s own analysis shows that the Tories’ excessive police cuts have contributed to the rise in serious violence, yet the Home Secretary stubbornly refuses to fund forces properly so they can put more officers on our streets.
“Tackling this knife crime epidemic does require a public health approach, but police are an integral part of that approach. How on earth does Javid expect police officers to spend more time working with youth workers and other agencies when they’re already hugely overstretched?
“The Liberal Democrats demand better. The Government must urgently give local police forces the funding they need to recruit more officers and restore the community policing that prevents crime and keeps us safe.”