LABOUR police and crime commissioners (PCCs) would protect front-line community policing and continue to curb stop and searches, Jeremy Corbyn pledged yesterday.
The Labour leader promised candidates would “bring the police to the people” as he launched the party’s PCC election campaign in Birmingham.
He praised current Labour West Midlands PCC David Jamieson for “leading by example” to reduce stop and search.
“Stop and search should be used very sparingly only if it can be seen to be effective,” Mr Corbyn said.
He slammed Tories’ police budget cuts that have led to the loss of 18,000 officers — 12,000 from the front line.
“The government don’t seem to be taking these cuts seriously,” he said.
“The safety and security of people in this country are being recklessly threatened by the slashing of budgets.”
Elections for the 41 police force areas in England and Wales, excluding London, will take place on Thursday May 5.