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Sunday 30th December 2012 | 16:43
Labour party press release
Shadow Home Office Minister Baroness Smith said: "It is true that a morale crisis has hit the police. Lord Stevens' Independent Commission on the Future of Policing has shown that 95% of serving officers do not feel supported by the Government.
"The key is action from the Government to improve the police service and take a proper look at what the service needs for the 21st Century. That's why Labour has led the way in police accountability and integrity, calling for a new Police Standards Authority. We have set up the Independent Commission on the Future of Policing with experts from across the world, and Labour are putting forward ideas on how policing can be improved to tackle economic crime and serious sexual violence.
"In contrast what the Government is doing is cutting 15,000 police officers and introducing Police and Crime Commissioners at a cost of £100m, a policy that achieved a turnout from the public of barely 15%.
"Instead of seeking to justify their complacency through only selective use of statistics and a reliance on reforms to policing made under the previous Government, the Home Office should start to listen. Reforming the police is not the same as damaging the service we all depend upon."