|Murad Qureshi Accuses Boris of Breaking Promise On Police|
London Assembly member says H & F has lost 158 officers
London Assembly Member Murad Qureshi has accused Mayor Boris Johnson of breaking his promise not to cut back front line policing.
New figures show that in Hammersmith & Fulham 82 police officers have been lost – a drop of 14%. The borough has also lost 76 Police Community Support Officers – 67% of the total.
The figures also show that overall, the Metropolitan Police has lost over 3,000 officers since May 2010; there are now 30,085 PCs in London The figures are for December 2013 and are published on the Mayor’s own London Datastore website, http://data.london.gov.uk/dashboard-summary/crime
Deputy Mayor for policing Stephen Greenhalgh said last year that it would be a “doomsday scenario” for policing if the figure dipped below 31,000.
Mr Qureshi is calling on the Mayor to reverse his cuts to front line policing and secure a better deal from central government for Londoners. The Mayor will decide next week whether he will adopt proposed amendments to his budget for 2014/2015.
The amendment would immediately see 1,185 PCSOs and an extra 250 Safer Transport Team Police Officers recruited using the Mayor’s existing budget to help plug the gap caused by cuts to the policing budget by the Mayor and central government.
Murad Qureshi says: " On Boris Johnson’s watch we’ve seen the erosion of policing in London and in our borough, when he stood for re-election he promised to maintain numbers at 32,000 but he has failed to do this.
"According to his own figures he has cut police officer numbers by over 3,000 and halved PCSOs, which made up the bulk of our local safer neighbourhood teams. In our area we’ve lost 42 police officers and 59 PCSOs.
“The Met Police is now the third least visible on the streets compared to other areas of the country. We need a properly resourced police service to tackle crime and provide a much better service to victims. I hope next week he will adopt my budget amendment and start to properly resource our local police teams.
"The government have cut the policing budget by 20%, the Mayor needs to stand up for Londoners and get a better deal for our city from his colleagues in government."
February 5, 2014