Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, today pointed to newly published government figures showing the number of special constables across Hertfordshire has fallen by 42 per cent since 1997. The figures, obtained by Conservatives in Parliament, are in addition to changes in the number of full-time police officers.

    Peter Lilley said:

    “We already knew that there are fewer full-time police officers in England since 1997. Now new government figures have exposed that the number of special constables has fallen by 42 per cent since 1997 across Hertfordshire, and by 37 per cent across England since 1997.

    “Special constables play a vital role in neighbourhood policing. But specials, like full-time officers, are being overwhelmed by bureaucracy and paperwork. Morale across the police has plummeted. Disenchantment and frustration have led to a huge retention and recruitment crisis as these figures show.

    “Conservatives want less red-tape and micromanagement from Whitehall penpushers, so we can put more police officers back patrolling Hertfordshire?s streets.?