Lib Dem MP Sir Edward Davey has raised calls for more Police Community Support Officers in Hull.
As part of his debate on Funding for Community Policing, Ed Davey MP quoted statistics from the Hull Liberal Democrat Crime Survey, with over 70% of respondents – so far – stating their top priority for policing as an increase in the number of PCSOs.
During the Westminster Hall debate, Ed said:
"Liberal Democrats in Kingston upon Hull told me earlier this week that additional community police was the top priority for over 70% of the residents they surveyed recently."
He went on to say:
"When crime is rising, especially when it’s violent and complex crime that’s rising, then police budgets need to rise too. Starting with our local community police, to do anything else in the face of this evidence is just wrong."
The Hull Lib Dem Crime Survey has revealed extensive concerns from residents about crime and antisocial behaviour in the city. Local Lib Dems are calling on the Labour administration to issue a formal invitation to the Police and Crime Commissioner to hear those concerns; something Labour councillors have so far failed to do.
Labour bosses in Hull have yet to invite our Police and Crime Commissioner to speak to councillors and hear residents’ concerns. We’re thankful to Ed Davey MP for speaking out in Parliament on behalf of communities in Hull who want to see more PCSOs on our streets.
Crime in Hull has risen by 14% and the Government should increase funding to respond to the growing challenges facing our community police force. From violent and complex crime, to antisocial behaviour and lower level crimes which can nonetheless cause real distress to individuals, we want to see resources in place to ensure that when a crime is reported in Hull it will be investigated.