Labour activists in Caerphilly town have launched a petition aimed at getting more police on the streets.
Councillor James Pritchard, who represents the Morgan Jones ward on Caerphilly County Borough Council, has been out canvassing with fellow party members and election candidates Shayne Cook and Shelly Hodder gathering signatures.
In a statement, the trio said: “Declining numbers of officers patrolling our streets has become the biggest issue on the doorstep.
“We fought hard to get a new police station in Caerphilly and we will be doing the same with this campaign.
“We will be taking this campaign for more police on our streets all the way to Westminster. We’re calling on the Prime Minister to reverse these damaging cuts.”
According to Gwent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert, who has also been out campaigning with activists, officer numbers in Gwent were cut by 220 between 2012 and 2015.
Since the start of the UK Government’s austerity programme in 2010, Gwent Police has delivered £42.1 million of efficiency savings.
Mr Cuthbert is currently considering a 3.99% increase in the police precept – the portion of the council tax bill that pays for policing – as funding is continually reduced by the Home Office.
• This article previously stated Cllr Pritchard represented the St James ward, when he actually is a member for Morgan Jones ward.