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CEP election analysis
Policing and Crime
Tom Kirchmaier
November 2019
Paper No' CEPEA055:
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Tags: violent crime; austerity; budget cuts

A long period of austerity and budget cuts in policing that started when Theresa May became Home Secretary may be coming to an end. As austerity bit and budget cuts were implemented, this considerably reduced the size of UK forces and their ability to fight crime. But as violent crime has started to go back up over the past few years, so have voter concerns. According to a YouGov poll on 7 November 2019, crime is now ranked third in the list of issues facing the country, behind Brexit and the NHS. All three main parties have announced plans for investment in new police officers.