img_2768Penrith and The Border MP, Rory Stewart, on Friday met with Cumbria Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Jerry Graham, for an update on national and local Policing issues. High on the agenda were matters relating to mental health and the Police Funding Formula.

Following the meeting Rory Stewart said: “Dealing with and supporting those with mental health issues now forms the biggest proportion of work carried out by Cumbria Police. The Government is aware of the scale of the mental health crisis faced by UK Police forces, and tackling mental health issues must be a priority. I am pleased that Cumbria Police are working to improve the system for vulnerable people and would reject any budgetary change that would make this more difficult, and result in additional strain on our hard-working force. Cumbria is a rural area which faces unique challenges, and I will continue to work alongside Cumbria Police, and Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, to ensure rural policing is recognised and supported. I am very proud of our Police officers and Police staff, and am grateful to them for their hard work, and commitment to keeping our community safe.”


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