A video has emerged which shows Theresa May was explicitly warned about the consequences of the Tories’ cuts to police budgets on counter terrorism work by a former Greater Manchester Police officer.
Speaking at the 2015 Police Federation conference, he told May how he quit the force in 2012 after 15 years of service “because the changes that have been imposed have caused community policing to collapse.”
And he warned her:
“Neighbourhood policing is critical to deal with terrorism. We run the risk here of letting communities down, putting officers at risk and ultimately risking national security.
“I’d ask you to seriously reconsider the budget and level of cuts over the next 5 years.”
In 2015 this policeman told Theresa May her cuts to police numbers would endanger the public. She didn’t listen. pic.twitter.com/2MHIEj5wvS
— Daniel Blake’s Vest (@WarmongerHodges) May 24, 2017
May had presented O’Reilly with his Community Police Officer of the Year award in 2010.
But she responded by telling him and other officers who raised concerns that they were “scaremongering” and “crying wolf.”
Will Theresa May listen this time?