Councillor David Williams, Leader of the Green Group on Oxfordshire County Council, is to move a motion calling upon the County to support the legal challenge that seven Police and Crime Commissioners are threatening to make towards the Government, concerning cuts to Policing.
“The Police and Crime Commissioners threatening the Government with legal action concerning cuts to Policing are acting in the best interests of our communities. Oxfordshire’s Green County Councillors are calling upon the County Council to back their stance. Cuts of over £5 million next year could be followed by cuts of up to £50 million per year by 2019-2020. Clearly, the normal features of policing that the public expect to see in action will be damaged or will disappear altogether.
“Current suggestions about the type of cuts which may take place include not necessarily sending officers out to investigate burglaries, reducing the numbers of Police Community Support Officers who provide ‘eyes on the ground’ for the Thames Valley Police and shutting down important specialist units which could mean those dealing with Child Sexual Abuse and Rape.
“We are not a poor country. We do have a an inadequate range of taxes which are not supporting essential services properly. Green Councillors urge the public to write to their County councillors calling upon them to support the Police and Crime Commissioners, or be prepared for radical and avoidable cuts in policing in their own area.”