But despite these deep and damaging cuts your Labour Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson working closely with Leeds Council Labour Group has made protecting the frontline a priority.
He has pledged to put more bobbies on the beat and this year he will be recruiting hundreds (at least 300) more police officers to be out on our streets in our communities.
Mark knows that local visible policing is vitally important to you which is why he has made sure, unlike in many other areas, that neighbourhood policing remains a priority in West Yorkshire and forms the bedrock of policing in Leeds.
Working with Labour councils in Leeds and across West Yorkshire he has protected the current Police and Community Support Officer (PCSOs) numbers within our neighbourhood teams – vital in making sure our communities are safer and feel safer.
As Judith Blake, Leeds Labour leader said yesterday, Leeds is entering the seventh year of deep cuts in its budget -cuts which have mounted year on year since the LibDems and Tories took power in 2010. But in spite of these the Labour group has committed £1million to policing priorities.
So thanks to the collaboration of the Labour Council and Labour Police and Crime Commissioner PCSO numbers will be protected.
Thanks, Mark, Thanks Judith, Thanks Labour.
And remember – there are election on 5 May – for Leeds Councillors, and for the W Yorkshire Police Commissioner.
Don’t put more frontline (police) services at risk – use all your votes on May 5 for Labour.