THE war on crime is under threat because overstretched police are focusing on fighting terrorism.
Neighbourhood patrols are being scaled back because of staff cuts and resources needed to tackle the threat of Islamic extremists, the head of the Police Federation has warned.
Intelligence gathering on criminal networks behind some of the country’s worst gang violence has also suffered, according to Steve White. He said the Government had slashed officer numbers by 17,000 in four years leaving inadequate cover for other aspects of policing.
Such limited resources, he argued, had allowed street crime like shootings and stabbings to become a major problem again. Figures released last week revealed that more than 1,500 children were held for suspected firearms offences in the last three years.
It is the same in Canada… Top Mountie says 500 organized crime investigators now on terrorism cases