Labour Leader of Harlow Council: Not going to do Essex Police’s job for them

Politics / Mon 7th Sep 2015 at 12:30pm

THE LEADER OF Harlow Council has reacted angrily to Essex Police suggestions that councils should help more when it comes to crime-fighting.

Councillor Jon Clempner, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “The resourcing of the Police is clearly not adequate to deal with crime, and it is unreasonable to expect local Councils, who themselves have been subject to significant cuts, to do their job for them.

“The Council responds to antisocial behaviour incidents by working in partnership with organisations including the Police and we have a good local relationship with the Neighbourhood Policing Team. I fear that this could be put at risk due to cutbacks. Although antisocial behaviour may be considered less serious by the Police this can cause ongoing misery affecting people’s lives and it is up to all organisations to work together to resolve issues and find solutions for their communities.

“I do recognise the need to prioritise services when grants from Government are being reduced and this is something the Council is having to do, but as public sector organisations you have to continue to work together and this is what the public expects.

“Concerns have been raised with the Police about this not just from us but other Councils and discussions will take place within the Safer Harlow Partnership on how we can address these issues in future as a result of the Police’s stance.”

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