Dr Neil Hudson, MP for Penrith and The Border, joined Conservative MPs from across Cumbria in meeting with the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Cumbria, Peter McCall.
The meeting covered issues relating to police presence in the county, support for the victims of crime and the Commissioner’s 6 point plan to fight crime and assist communities across Cumbria.
Dr Hudson commented:
“It was good to meet with the PCC Peter McCall and my Cumbrian MP colleagues to discuss important policing and security matters for our county. It was a chance to further discuss the important issue of rural crime, including animal theft and farm machinery theft, something that is so important that we work together to address.
Rural crime is the scourge of the countryside and of concern to many of my constituents. I raised the issue with the Minister for Crime and Policing, Kit Malthouse MP, last year:
Improving the effectiveness of the police in Cumbria and stamping out criminal behaviour can only be achieved with a sufficient level of officers on the ground. I am therefore encouraged that the government continues to make progress on achieving its target to 20,000 new police officers nationwide by 2023. Cumbria Police now has the highest recorded number of officers with over 60 more due to be recruited in the coming year.”
Peter McCall said:
“I was pleased I was able to speak with MPs from around the county, we are well served by the police in Cumbria and I was reassured that they share that view from their constituency perspectives. It is always useful to hear the issues that they have had as regards police and crime within their constituencies and also to hear of the individual experiences of a number of their constituents and importantly to work collectively with them to deal with and resolve any issues they raise.”