Robert Largan MP has welcomed the Government’s increase to police funding. Police funding is set to increase by £843 million this year to better protect the public, taking the total to up to £18.4 billion.
The increase of £843 million is a 30.7 per cent rise in cash terms compared to 2019-20, as part of the Conservative Government’s long-term efforts to cut crime and keep our communities safe. The proposed package for 2024-25 could see a total of up to £18.4 billion pledged to support the police to cut crime, tackle anti-social behaviour and pursue county lines gangs.
This announcement came not long after the Government’s introduction of five new pieces of legislation to keep our streets safe. These will ensure criminals are locked up for longer, victims are protected, with police and intelligence services given further powers to protect us, delivering on the promise to clamp down on crime.
The Government has already delivered on the commitment to recruit 20,000 more police officers, putting more police on our streets and cracking down on crime. Since the Conservatives came to office in 2010, crime, excluding fraud, has come down by 50 per cent.
More locally, as part of the Government’s commitment to recruit 20,000 new police officers, Derbyshire Constabulary now has 351 more police officers than it did in 2020. Further, anti-social behaviour has reduced by 47.5 per cent countywide since May 2021.
Commenting, Robert Largan, MP for High Peak, said:
Last March, Derbyshire was announced as a hotspot trailblazer area, supported by the Government’s £160 million Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan. Having this newly announced boost on top of that will be a big help for our local police.
Tackling crime is a big priority for local people and it’s a priority for me. That’s why this extra funding is so important, on top of the extra 351 police officers recruited locally.
Commenting, Home Secretary James Cleverly said:
Our communities deserve a well-funded and equipped force, dedicated to making our country safer.
Progress has been made, with overall crime down and 136,000 violent offences prevented since 2019, but we will continue to invest in policing.
That is why we are putting up to £843 million more into keeping our streets safe, so that every officer and community has what they need to cut crime, protect the public and build confidence in policing.