Neighbourhood Policing

Home Department – in the House of Commons at on 26 February 2024.

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Photo of Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards Labour, Tamworth

What recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of neighbourhood policing levels.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Minister of State, Home Department

Figures for local policing started to be published in 2015, with 61,083 roles at the time. The most recent figures for March last year show that the number had increased by 6,000 to 67,785.

Photo of Sarah Edwards Sarah Edwards Labour, Tamworth

With a growing number of my constituents not even reporting crimes because they do not have access to a public police station, will the Minister reconsider additional funds to ensure that local police stations, such as Tamworth’s, are reopening public-facing police desks?

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Minister of State, Home Department

Staffordshire constabulary will receive an extra £16 million next year compared with the current financial year, which is a significant increase. They now have more than 2,000 police officers due to our uplift programme, which has seen record police numbers across England and Wales.

Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

One of the most commonly reported crimes in Rother Valley is burglary, either to rob homes or to break into homes and steal car keys. Does the Minister agree that every area, especially South Yorkshire, should have a dedicated burglary police team to deal with those particular issues and ensure we clamp down on those awful crimes?

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Minister of State, Home Department

The previous Home Secretary, my right hon. and learned Friend Suella Braverman was successful in securing a commitment from police to ensure that every residential burglary has a visit from the police, but my hon. Friend’s idea for a dedicated burglary taskforce is excellent, and I commend it to all police and crime commissioners.