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Police Grant

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:50 pm on 22nd February 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham 2:50 pm, 22nd February 2017

The hon. Lady makes a good point. This comes down to the point about vulnerability made by my hon. Friend Holly Lynch. For example, the police get involved when a child goes missing, but the increasing rise in dementia and other illnesses among the elderly population is also putting pressure not only on local services but on the police. If someone goes missing from a care home or their own home, the first people to be called are the police.

We have to have services that are joined up locally; we cannot look at policing in isolation. There was a lot of controversy about police and crime commissioners, and there have been good and bad examples throughout the country, but I was one of those who supported their introduction. Certainly, the joint working that we have seen in Durham between the health services, the police and the local authorities is the way forward. We cannot keep taking money out of one part of the system without realising that it will have an effect on another part.