In one of their first acts, Kingston Council’s Lib Dem administration has cut funding for 12 local police officers. The funding, organised by the previous Conservative administration, paid for extra officers to tackle crime and keep residents safe. In 2014 the Conservatives pledged to bring in more police, and after winning the elections we got to work. At the start of 2015 we announced a deal to bring in 12 new police officers for Kingston. Half of the cost covered by the council, and half by the Mayor of London. We made sure there was money in reserves ready for this funding to continue, but the Lib Dems cut police numbers instead.
The Liberal Democrats stirred up fear of crime among residents during the local elections, promising to stop cuts to local police. This awful decision is just one of many broken promises from Kingston’s Liberal Democrats.
Some fear the removal of the officers will put Kingston’s status as the safest boroughs in London at risk. As a result, police officers will be drawn into Kingston town centre from places like New Malden, Chessington, Surbiton and Tolworth. This will leave your local area with fewer police officers. Audrey, a local resident and mother said:
I’m honestly shocked that the LibDems have failed to renew the 12 police officers. I see stories in the news about stabbings and burglaries and I fear for my children’s safety when I realise it’s just around the corner from me.
Kingston Conservatives believe that the first duty of any government, local or national, is to keep people safe. That is why we will pressure the LibDem administration to reverse this dangerous decision.
What can you do to help?
- Sign our petition calling on the LibDems to restore funding for the 12 additional officers – www.stoplibdempolicecuts.com
- Post your views on social media with the hashtag #stoplibdempolicecuts
- Write to your local councillor and urge them to change their mind. Find out who represents you at www.writetothem.com.