Labour is today (2/5/17) committing to providing funding to the 43 forces across England and Wales to hire an extra 10,000 officers operating in community policing roles.
In Wales, this will mean at least 853 new police officers, one for every electoral ward in the country, which will be funded by reversing cuts to Capital Gains Tax.
The 853 new officers will be in addition to the 500 additional Community Support Officers already funded by the Welsh Labour Government.
Under the Tories, police numbers in Wales have been slashed by more than 10 per cent, with the total police workforce falling from 7639 to 6625.
Shadow Welsh Secretary, Christina Rees MP, said:
“Despite their promises to protect our communities, the Tories at Westminster have slashed Welsh police numbers. Their reckless approach has put Welsh communities at risk.
“Labour will stand up for Wales and reduce crime by putting more police in the community, with funding for an extra bobby on the beat in each electoral ward.”
Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant, said:
“The Labour Party’s plans to increase police numbers in Wales show how a Labour Government at Westminster would work with our Welsh Labour Government to protect communities and stand up for Wales.
“By funding 853 new police officers alongside the 500 Community Support Officers that the Welsh Labour Government is already funding, Labour will continue to deliver for the people of Wales, working to make our communities safer”.