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Policing Numbers

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:35 pm on 6th December 2010.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central 2:35 pm, 6th December 2010

Will the Minister note that there are 337 police community support officers in South Yorkshire whose jobs are at risk because of cuts in both police and local government budgets? Those officers have made an enormous contribution to the reduction in crime and the fear of crime. Does he accept that people across the country would believe that money was better spent on those posts than on the £100 million that the Government propose to waste on police commissioners?