Labour Councillor Dave Furnell achieves cross-party support for calls for more police in Southampton
Councillor Dave Furnell, member for Millbrook ward, secured cross-party support for his motion at Full Council yesterday (20/03/19), that expressed concern at Southampton’s rising crime levels, particularly violent crime, and called upon the Police and Crime Commissioner to ensure the deployment of at least 25 additional police officers in the city.
Councillor Furnell said ‘as crime is rising we have seen a drop in the overall numbers of police and they are at breaking point. Between January 2010 and March 2018 the number of neighbour police serving the city declined by a third from 87 to 60 and presently the number stands at 47. This is clearly not sufficient to keep people safe in our city.’
Councillor Dave Shields, who is the Council’s Executive lead on City Safety, said ‘I have written to the Police and Crime Commissioner to seek assurance that Southampton gets its fair share of the additional funding from the Police Precept. I have been assured that this equates to 210 more police officers for Hampshire. Southampton contributes 20% of Hampshire’s overall crime statistics, so it seems fair that we should get 20% of that resource, with 25 more police officers as a minimum.’
Councillor Warwick Payne spoke in the debate and said ‘you cannot keep our communities safe on the cheap. Austerity is to blame, the ongoing cuts in public services have really started to bite and are being noticed more and more by our residents’.
Councillor John Noon said ‘I have noticed in the last couple of years that confidence is being lost in our communities in the inner city, and that people feel less safe because there simply aren’t enough police on our streets’.
The motion discussed was at the Full Council meeting on Wednesday 20/03/19. http://www.southampton.gov.uk/modernGov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=122&MId=3822&Ver=4