Stephen Morgan MP is calling on the Home Secretary to fund our police service fairly and give us back the bobbies Tory governments have taken from our city.
A decade of cuts means Hampshire has lost more than 1,000 police officers since 2010, and we remain 400 short despite recent increases.
Police workforce figures show our constabulary has just 135 officers per 100,000 people, the lowest of any force in the country.
This year’s police funding settlement confirms a £21.9m real-terms cut in funding for Hampshire Constabulary over the past decade.
Ministers are heaping the burden onto local taxpayers by raising the council tax precept, instead of funding our safety directly.
These cuts have real consequences for our city, and our safety. Crime has risen 15% since 2016, with home burglaries and weapon possessions nearly doubling.
Hampshire’s Chief Constable recently confirmed that underfunding means police responses have to be rationed.
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