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Thursday, 13 January 2011

British People Put Last: Cuts to Police Budget to “Increase Crime” As Foreign Aid Rises

British People Put Last: Cuts to Police Budget to “Increase Crime”

Cuts to the police budget in favour of an increase in the foreign aid budget will cause an increase in crime, the Police Federation and think tank Civitas have warned.
The 2009 police budget was some £14 billion last year. It will now be cut by 20 percent over the next few years, meaning that total spending on protecting the British public against crime will be less than the £12.1 billion foreign aid budget.
To make matters worse, the Police Federation has now warned MPs that the cuts, introduced by the ConDem regime to allegedly try and bring down the government deficit, will inevitably result in an increase in violent crime.
Police Federation chairman Paul McKeever told the home affairs select committee that the cuts would cause a “revolution in policing which would have unintended consequences."
He gave the example of New York City, where a reduction in the number of officers had led to more "rapes, murders and robberies."
The insane redundancy plans are also designed to strip the police of its most experienced officers first, as only policemen with 30 years' service can be made redundant.
For its part, think tank Civitas released a report which revealed that "a nation with fewer police is more likely to have a higher crime rate."
Civitas conducted a comparison of the number of police officers and the number of recorded offences per 100,000 people in European countries to prove its point.
The report, titled “2011: The Start of a Great Decade for Criminals?”, said reducing police numbers could “lead to an increase in the crime rate.
“England and Wales currently has a smaller number of police officers per 100,000 than the European average and has a higher crime rate than average,” the report said.
“There is a prima facie case to suggest that this relationship may be causal since the main purpose of a police force is to protect the public and prevent crime. In other words, it is plausible to suggest from the data that reducing the number of police officers in any given country could lead to an increase in the crime rate."
“While police numbers and resources are far from the only contributor to police effectiveness, it seems highly unlikely that the swingeing cuts now being enacted will be made without significantly decreasing detection rates,” the Civitas report continued.
“The result will be that offenders will be able to engage in criminal acts with a reduced risk of being caught and sanctioned, making criminal acts less risky and more attractive for potential offenders.
“As a result, it is possible that recent falls in crime will be halted or even reversed. Members of the public are at greater risk of crime in the coming years,” the Civitas report concluded.
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