Labour’s “more balanced plan” for police budget in Cambridgeshire

POLICE budgets in Cambridgeshire will be cut by 12 per cent in a bid to protect the frontline, Labour has said if it wins the county’s first Police and Crime Commissioner election later this month.

Ed Murphy, the Party’s candidate for the role, said his “more balanced plan” to reduce the force’s budget would help keep officers on the beat and ensure policing is not handed over to a private company.

Launching his manifesto ahead of the vote on November 15, he attacked his Conservative opponents for making 20 per cent cuts to the police nationally, resulting in the loss of thousands of officers across the UK.

He also said he would appoint a senior member of his team to be a Victim Champion to help them receive help and support, as well as increase the use of restorative justice and increase victim involvement in decisions.

“Few people understand what the Police and Crime Commissioner will do and fewer still know what the policies of the declared candidates are,” Mr Murphy said.

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“Despite my concerns about the concept of Police and Crime Commissioners they will play an important role. Above all the Police Commissioner should be the voice for the community of our county on police, crime and peace of mind matters.”

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