Policy Statement: Police & Emergency Services

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Crime needs to be back under control and we want police back on our streets.

We pay a substantial amount of council tax for our Police and Fire Services, yet Essex has one of the poorest-funded police forces and the crime rate has been increasing above the national average.

We want Uttlesford to be a low-crime district and stop the spread of organised crime. We will hold the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to account to make sure they improve the performance of our police and fix funding gaps. Where local policing has been withdrawn by central government funding cuts, we will encourage our communities to fund their own police community support officers and special constables to maintain safety.

We will work to protect our fire service and ensure that we have the fire-fighters and responsive service that we need to protect our homes and businesses.

We will work with the healthcare provisioning authorities to make sure that in emergencies ambulances and local paramedics are available within an acceptable time and able to take patients to the closest geographical Accident and Emergency Units.