Our Voice in Parliament Edward Argar MP

“While we are fortunate in our area that levels of crime are relatively low, compared to other areas, local residents are understandably concerned when we do fall victim to crime or we hear about break-ins or car thefts, and I know residents of Syston have expressed concerns about this to me.
Recently, I had the pleasure of one of my regular catch-up meetings with our local Police in Leicestershire, on this occasion with the Police’s Charnwood Neighbourhood Commander, Inspector Mark Botte, who set out to me his plans to ensure that local residents and businesses continue to be kept safe through effective and visible local policing, support for victims, and positive engagement and communication by the Police with our local communities.
As both Charnwood’s local MP, and as a Justice Minister, I see first-hand the amazing work our Police Officers do day-in, day-out for our communities, both in our County, and across the country. While day-to-day funding and operational decisions sit with our Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour’s Lord Bach, and our Chief Constable, Simon Cole, effective policing requires a strong commitment, and partnership, at local and national level, as well as all of us playing our part through taking crime prevention measures.
The nature of crime is changing, and policing must adapt to meet those changes, but it is still vitally important that we see Officers out and about on our streets. When I talk to constituents in Syston about policing, they tell me they want to see more Police Officers out and about, visible in our town and rural areas, preventing and tackling crime. With this in mind, the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s, recent announcement of plans to recruit an additional 20,000 Police Officers, starting in September, is very welcome news.
Since I was first elected as Charnwood’s MP in 2015, I have campaigned for Leicestershire to get its fair share of the funding pot, for our local Councils, local schools, and our Police, so I will be campaigning to ensure our county gets allocated a fair share of those new Officers. Our local Police do a great job for all of us who live and work here and deserve our gratitude. A share of these additional Officers, once they are recruited and trained, will help Leicestershire Police do even more to prevent and tackle crime.”