Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd vows to fight for Greater Manchester against irresponsible police cuts that are endangering the fabric of our society.
Tony was speaking at his latest #TalkToTony event in Bury on Tuesday 28 May about the challenges faced by Greater Manchester Police as further budget cuts are expected to be announced later this month. He also praised PCSOs but warned the work they do with the community could be at risk if funding continues to be slashed.
Tony said: “PCSOs do a great job as they are a direct link with our communities. I can’t see how we could cut the numbers of PCSOs but we don’t know what local police funding will look like in the years to come. What I will commit to is that I will continue to campaign on your behalf to ensure that we get what we need to keep our communities safe. “
Local residents and councillors turned out at Bury Town Hall to quiz the Commissioner, Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy and Bury Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Caroline Ball.
Members of the Abbey Close Tenants and Residents Association praised police for the recent crackdown on drugs and organised crime in their area which resulted in 16 arrests, but raised concerns that those who were convicted are now back on the streets boasting about their crimes.
“This isn’t over,” said Chief Superintendent Caroline Ball. “We will continue to work with local people to bring down organised criminals.”
Other issues raised included police accountability, the role of volunteers and support for rape victims.
The next meeting takes place on Tuesday 18 June from 6.30pm at Rochdale Town Hall.
Meetings will be held monthly in each local authority area of Greater Manchester throughout 2013 so that every resident has the chance to meet Tony and Sir Peter and have a say in policing and crime issues.