After 13 years of Tory government, policing is yet another public service that is collapsing. The Tory hands-off approach has failed.
Labour has set out it’s mission on crime, with ambitious, measurable, long-term promises to make Britain’s streets safer. Most importantly, we need to root out corruption in the police force and restore public trust.
Labour will introduce mandatory, nationally set police vetting, to ensure only those who are fit to serve are able to become a police officer. There will also be a new focus on standards of leadership and training, alongside a renewed emphasis on tackling crime through neighbourhood policing, as part of a package of measures to tackle the toxic culture revealed in the Casey Review.
The range of measures to restore public trust also includes:
- Automatic bans for any potential applicants with a history of domestic abuse, indecent exposure or sexual assault.
- New leadership training to overhaul culture within the police.
- 13,000 more neighbourhood officers and PCSOs.
- Specialist rape and sexual assault units in every force and domestic violence specialist call handlers in every 999 control room.
- Specialist mandatory training for every officer, including on bias and violence against women and girls.
- More routes into policing for people from every background, including direct routes into detective work.