Commenting on today’s announcement that West Midlands Police Service need to make a further 2500 job loses:
Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary said:
“This announcement is devastating news, West Midlands Police service have already suffered job losses and this further reduction will mean a scaling back of neighbourhood policing.
PCSO’s work on the front line of policing and can be seen walking the streets, talking to individuals and protecting the public on a daily basis. The loss of a futher 2500 posts will not only affect the hardworking people who are often the visible face of policing but will mean communities across the midlands see less of the people who make them feel safe.
It is clear that the only people who are going to be applauding this announcement are the criminals, PSCO’s know the communities they work in and rely on police support staff to carry out their roles, taking them away will effect police services at all levels.
The reason for these cuts is clear for all to see, it is a lack of funding, the West Midlands needs fair funding from government. We know that this region is being denied almost £43 million when other regions have had none denied.”