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Local Policing is vital for a stronger, safer Ladywood

April 12, 2018 10:43 AM

Lee Dargue

Liberal Democrat campaigner Lee Dargue

As Liberal Democrats, we believe passionately that local people make the best decisions for their own areas, in consultation with others, including the Police.

In order for the Police to support our local communities effectively, they need resources such as sufficient funding, the ability to use their powers and a local base of operations. They also need us, as residents, to help them by reporting issues as quickly and effectively as possible.

Policing priorities for Liberal Democrats, in Ladywood and the rest of the City of Birmingham, include:
• Making sure that PCSOs can use the powers they have, to help the community grow safer
• Making sure that Local Police teams can be local, with a place in the community to work from, and store their equipment safely
• Making sure that effective links are secured and strengthened, between local Councillors, residents and the various Associations, and the local Policing team
• Supporting our Police by making sure residents are given advice on correct reporting of issues, and putting these reporting forms online too
• Supporting more young people from falling into crime, but investing in Youth Services

Commenting on the Liberal Democrats plans for improvements to local Policing, Ladywood candidates for the LibDems Lee Dargue and Stephen Lambert commented:

"This week, we've heard the the Conservative Home Secretary say she doesn't know about her own department's report on how cutting Police numbers can affect crime rates. This is beyond incompetent.

"We also know that Birmingham's Labour-run council likes to blame central government for every problem, ignoring how their own mishandling of finances has made things worse.

"We believe that local Police teams must be just that - Local. Not pushed around the city, being forced to find a station that may be miles away from their own area. This an be because their local station was shut down, without any attempt to find alternative premises.

"We increasingly find that the most vulnerable, including those with disabilities and low incomes, are more likely to be the victims of crime. We also have to do more to support young people who get into difficulties by proper investment in Youth Services.

"Supporting local Policing is much more than tackling crime - it helps to stop crime from occurring. We have a great Policing team in our area, but they need more support to help make a safer Ladywood - and that support can only come by electing Liberal Democrat Councillors on May 3."