Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds will promise a “next generation” Neighbourhood Watch using technology including video doorbells an WhatsApp groups
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Neighbourhood ‘police hubs’ would open in every community to tackle the surge in anti-social behaviour if Labour wins the next election.
Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds will on Tuesday say the new units would mean more “eyes, ears and boots on the ground” to reassure local people.
He would also launch a major recruitment drive for volunteer ‘special’ constables to increase the visibility of uniformed police.
Each police hub would have a dedicated neighbourhood prevention team to deal with local crime – who locals could pop in to talk to.
They would create a “next generation” Neighbourhood Watch using technology including video doorbells an WhatsApp groups to bring people together.
The number of people who say they have never seen a police officer on foot patrol has doubled in England and Wales since the Tories came to power in 2010.
There are also 8,400 fewer police officers while community support officers are down 7,600 and police staff cut by 7,500. Special constables have fallen by 6,300.
Mr Thomas-Symonds will say: “In Tory Britain, people say you never see police on the beat any more.
“That school children feel afraid at the bus stop. That people feel unsafe going out after dark.
“With me as Home Secretary – if there is trouble on your street Labour will make sure that someone is there. You will see officers on the beat.”
Adopting the famous Tony Blair attack line, Mr Thomas-Symonds will accuse the Tories of being “soft on crime and soft on causes of crime”.
Labour plans to fund the new hubs by scrapping Boris Johnson’s new maritime national flagship, set to cost £200m to build and £83m a year to run.