We know that police numbers have fallen across the country, being at their lowest for a decade.
Indeed there has been a drop of nearly 10,000 officers in England and Wales since this government came to power. However, more worryingly, it’s the proportion of young officers that has fallen most dramatically, the number aged under 26 is down by nearly 50% country-wide, and 65% here in West Yorkshire. That means that fewer than one-in-fifty police officers in West Yorkshire qualifies for a young person’s railcard. This raises questions about how representative the police force is, especially given the issues about relations between the police and young people in some of our communities.
Coun Nader Fekri