Act Now Before It's Too Late

This week sees the last newspaper advert of a four week series designed to raise public awareness of the dangers of a 20% cut to the policing budget resulting in the loss of 500 police officers in Kent alone. The advert asks concerned members of the public to contact their MPs.

Ian Pointon Chairman of Kent Police Federation says,

"This is the last advert of this stage of our campaign. In four years there will be 500 fewer officers in Kent. We have already lost a staggering 173 officers since last year. At a time when overseas aid, as important as that is, is set to rise by 42% to £12 billion per annum, is it right the policing budget is being cut by 20%? In fours year this country will be spending significantly more on overseas aid than it does on the safety of it own citizens. That cannot be right."

He continues,

"We have been accused of scaremongering. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have sought to explain to the public the consequences of a 20% cut to the policing budget - rising crime. In stark contrast the government claims there won't be any consequences; they claim the frontline won't be affected but have no idea what the frontline is. Well they would say that wouldn't they! In fact they set the levels of the cuts before asking Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to define the frontline. That doesn't make sense."

He concludes,

"Our final advert asks the public to lobby their MPs. Write to them, email them or visit them. If you are concerned then please take a few minutes to influence the debate. Don't believe it's too late. It's never too late. If we do nothing then I can guarantee that nothing will change."

MEDIA RELEASE ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

Kent Police Federation represents all constables, sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors.

Ian Pointon can be contacted on 01622 652251.

The attached advert will be published in print over 3rd, 4th & 5th June in:

  • Your Tunbridge Wells, Kent on Saturday and Kent on Sunday.

They will also appear in the online e-editions of:

  • yourashford, yourcanterbury, yourswale, yourmaidstone, yourthanet, yourshepway, yourdover, yourmedway, yourdeal, yoursandwich
  • www.kentnews.co.uk