Today the Liberal Democrats are announcing an extra £300m a year for the police over the next Parliament, with £7.5m for Welsh Police Authorities.
Under Theresa May at the Home Office, and now as Prime Minister, the police have suffered over £2.2 billion worth of cuts in real terms. This represents a 22% real terms reduction.
As of 31 March 2016 the total strength of the 43 police forces in England & Wales reached just over 124,000 FTE officers. This is the lowest number of police officers recorded under the current strength measure.
Commenting on the announcement a spokesperson for the Welsh Liberal Democrats said;
“Police visibility on our streets is key to reassuring communities, preventing crime and gathering intelligence. Conservative cuts meant that last year violent crimes actually increased, reversing a normally declining trend.
“With an increasing number of hate crimes reported in the last year, we must do all we can to ensure that we have a strong Police presence which can effectively respond to local community needs.
“Our police officers work tirelessly to keep us safe but under Theresa May they’ve had their hands tied behind their backs. “Only the Liberal Democrats have a plan to reverse the increase in violent crime, boost community confidence and increase the flow of community intelligence.”