Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington and Labour’s Shadow Policing Minister, said: “As a result of the hard campaigning by Labour, the public and the police, the people of Birmingham will not lose their much-loved PCSOs.
Neighbourhood policing is the bedrock of the police service, popular with the public who are increasingly concerned that they no longer see their police officers on the beat. Local policing with local roots is crucially, not only about fighting crime but about preventing crime to stop people becoming victims in the first place. Community based police are also the eyes and ears on the ground that can provide the intelligence necessary to prevent potential terrorist threats.
Less than two weeks ago, Labour and the police forced George Osborne into a major last minute u-turn. The overwhelming weight of public opinion in favour of putting public safety first and protecting the police meant that the Tories abandoned dangerous cuts of over 22% literally the night before the Spending Review.
After the extreme cuts seen in the last parliament, and the loss of over 1,500 police officers already in the region, the people of the West Midlands will be relieved at the news that not one of their hard working PCSOs will now face compulsory redundancy.”