Sir David Amess MP joined fellow Essex MPs to urge the Government to increase investment in local policing and provide funding to increase police numbers. The MP has supported calls for the Treasury's upcoming Police Funding Settlement 2019/20 to allow for funding to be set aside to maintain and increase police numbers in Essex.
The move follows from a meeting on Monday 22nd October with the Minister of State for Policing and Fire Services, Nick Hurd. Sir David raised concerns that many of the residents of Southend had regarding police numbers and visibility. The MP also pressed the Minister on what the Government are doing to tackle the rise in violent and drug related crimes in Southend since last year.
The MP has written to the Chancellor to urge that the additional funding granted by the previous Police Funding Settlement becomes a permanent fixture of future budgets. The flexibility granted by the Treasury last year for Police and Crime Commissioners to increase funding in accordance with local needs, created 150 new police officers in Essex.
Sir David said that ‘it was great to have such a constructive meeting with the Policing Minister, and discuss the challenges that Southend faces with crime. I have a number of concerns that my constituents have raised with me, particularly on police numbers in Southend, and look forward to working with the Home Office and Treasury on tackling these issues.’