Hampshire crime commissioner warns of ‘savage cuts’ to police under Tories

Simon Hayes
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A CONSERVATIVE government will mean further cuts to policing budgets, a top police official has warned.

Simon Hayes, Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner, said ‘savage cuts’ will hit the ability of police to deliver traditional policing.

He said: ‘In electing a Conservative Government, the public should be aware there will be further reductions in police funding.

‘The challenge therefore is to maintain an effective police service in this environment of even less money.’

Mr Hayes added: ‘I would appeal to Mr Cameron and his Cabinet to recognise the significant savings already made by Hampshire Constabulary, £80m over five

years.

‘It must be understood by all the MPs elected. The consequences of further savage cuts will severely impact on the ability of the police to deliver traditional policing valued so much by residents of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.’

Mr Hayes added he congratulated all newly-elected MPs in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.