In one of their first acts, Kingston Council’s LibDem administration has cut funding for 12 town centre police officers. The funding, negotiated by the previous Conservative administration, specifically paid for extra officers to tackle crime and keep residents safe.
The Liberal Democrats stirred up much fear of crime among residents during the local elections; this bizarre decision contradicts their own campaign.
Some fear the removal of the officers will put in jeopardy Kingston’s status as one of the safest boroughs in London. It will meant that police officers are drawn into Kingston town centre from places like New Malden, Chessington, Surbiton and Tolworth, leaving those areas 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.