Holly Lynch: Giving police the help they need in testing times
WEST Yorkshire Police is the fourth largest force in the country and is facing new types of crime as well as old types of crime. However, a 35 per cent reduction in funding since 2010 has resulted in almost 2,000 fewer officers and members of staff – a reduction of 20 per cent.
Holly Lynch: Time to protect the protectors as Russian spy police officer exposed to nerve agent
I HAVE spent a great deal of time campaigning for stronger protections for emergency-service workers since I was elected in 2015. However, I could not have imagined that we would be faced with a police officer left seriously ill after exposure to a nerve agent, in the way that we have seen in Salisbury this week.