Washington and Sunderland MP hits out over axed police officers

Sharon Hodgson MP
Sharon Hodgson MP
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CALLS have been made to put more bobbies on the beat as new figures show one in 10 Northumbria Police officers have been axed since the Coalition Government came into power.

Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson has appealed for more officers to be put on patrol after a review of policing by former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens, who has recommended a new focus on neighbourhood policing.

He suggests this strategy is at threat from cuts, and Mrs Hodgson believes communities such as Sunderland could suffer as a consequence.

House of Commons analysis shows the equivalent of 387 full-time officers have been lost across Northumbria – more than one in 10 of the workforce prior to the election.

Mrs Hodgson said: “Ten thousand front-line officers have gone across the country, and Northumbria has taken its share of those cuts.

“The police are doing what they can, but this report shows these cuts are having a detrimental effect on their ability to do their job and ensure communities have a visible and active police presence.”