Police numbers at 33-year low, Hull MP says
A Hull MP has released figures showing the number of Humberside Police officers has fallen to a 33-year low.
Hull North MP Diana Johnson said figures from the House of Commons library show the force now has fewer officers than in any year since 1979.
Ms Johnson, a shadow crime and security minister, said the force has 1,830 officers, compared with 1,849 in 1979.
"Humberside Police numbers have been slashed to a 33-year low and police powers have been weakened," she said.
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"It's disgraceful that, in 2012, Humberside has even fewer police than we had in 1979. Worse still, these police cuts are set to go even deeper before 2015."
Home Office figures released in July showed Humberside Police had 1,856 officers in March. The force is due to lose a further 205 officers as it battles to save £30 million before 2015.