The Sky News reported Boris Johnson has pledged to ensure “less crime, fewer victims and a safer society” as the country recovers from the pandemic.
The government will unveil its new Beating Crime Plan on Tuesday, which will see the creation of league tables for 101 and 999 call answering times so the public can see how quickly their local force is responding to calls for help.
The initiative will also ensure every neighbourhood in England and Wales is allocated a named and contactable police officer dedicated to serving their area.
According to the Sky News, the prime minister said the plan, which builds on the Conservative Party’s manifesto promise to crack down on crime, will ensure everyone has the security and confidence that comes from having a safe street and a safe home.
The PM said: “When I first stood on the steps of Downing Street as prime minister, I promised to back the police and make people safer, because we cannot level up the country when crime hits the poorest hardest and draws the most vulnerable into violence.”
“That is why my government has remained unstinting in its efforts to protect the British public and this plan delivers a fresh commitment, as we emerge from the impacts of the pandemic, to have less crime, fewer victims and a safer society.”
But speaking on LBC on Monday, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer dismissed the initiative as a “ridiculous gimmick”.
The plan focuses in particular on tackling serious violence and neighbourhood crime.
The government will also initiate the use of drug testing upon arrest to drive down illicit demand and misuse.
A summit bringing together employers, educators, enforcement and health partners will be convened to “work up a comprehensive package” to achieve this, they said.
But Labour accused the government of being “all talk and no action” on crime.