The Labour Candidate for Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, David Michael MBE, along with three of Bedfordshire’s MPs, have written to Priti Patel regarding the news that over 400,000 crime records have been lost.
David Michael said, “Boris Johnson told Parliament yesterday that he ‘did not know’ the impact that this mistake could have upon policing. As a former Police Officer of 30 years, I know how important crime records are to ensuring our communities are kept safe. I have asked the Home Secretary to provide our Police, Local Authorities and safeguarding organisations with a full breakdown of what impact this devastating data loss could have upon their operations. This is about having a professional channel of communication between the Government and our Police service, that puts Bedfordshire residents first.”
Given the high rates of serious crime recorded across Bedfordshire, it is right that councils, safeguarding charities and Neighbourhood Watch groups are made aware of the devastating impact these lost records could have upon their communities.
David and Labour’s Bedfordshire MPs wrote to Home Secretary Priti Patel in January to request answers for what the missing police records would mean for Bedfordshire residents but are yet to receive a reply.
This is an extremely serious failure on part of the Government and public trust has understandably been eroded as a result. Residents will no doubt be concerned by this course of events and will want reassurance that the frontline officers and staff at Bedfordshire Police are being supported fully in the additional pressures they face on already stretched resources.
David is committed to standing up for local residents in the fight against rising crime rates. His 30 years of service in the Metropolitan Police and as a Detective Chief Inspector gives him the experience needed to keep our communities safe and tackle the issues facing Bedfordshire Police.