In the face of rising crime the Mayor cannot persist with his policy of cutting police numbers

Figures published this week show the impact the Mayor’s cuts to the police service have had at a local level.

In the last two years the number of police officers based in the London boroughs has reduced from 20,599 in March 2010 to 19,131 last December.

Boris’s record in government has been one of cuts.

Today we can see that in less than two years this has amounted to a loss of nearly 1,500 local police officers (see chart below) and a further 200 officers based in New Scotland Yard.

But we must put this in its full context.

While overall crime in London has reduced by 1% in the last year, certain types of crime have risen.

Crimes such as burglary and muggings have all risen as the impact of the recession really begins to bite.

As crimes are rising we need more police on our streets, not less.

So rather than embracing the government’s cuts to the police we need a Mayor who will make sure we have enough police on our streets. That’s why I’m calling on the Mayor to protect the police to help keep our streets safe for all of us.

Most alarmingly, robbery and knife crime in the capital has increased by 13% in the twelve months leading up to October last year. This, remember, was the issue that, above all others, the Mayor made such great play of tackling prior to his election.

I wonder if he’ll discuss it much before this May’s election.

Borough 31-Mar-10 01-Dec-11 Reduction
Barking & Dagenham 446.34 430.54 15.8
Barnet 592.19 552.12 40.07
Bexley 405.3 376.96 28.34
Brent 703.63 665.53 38.1
Bromley 523.53 486.58 36.95
Camden 879.42 782.62 96.8
Croydon 746.78 681.88 64.9
Ealing 723.78 706.63 17.15
Enfield 595.15 562.03 33.12
Greenwich 705 621.75 83.25
Hackney 772.55 733.35 39.2
Hammersmith & Fulham 593.73 588.43 5.3
Haringey 729.27 686.67 42.6
Harrow 403.06 363.05 40.01
Havering 390.87 374.32 16.55
Hillingdon 521.49 517.97 3.52
Hounslow 530.26 499.36 30.9
Islington 714.07 672 42.07
Kensington & Chelsea 575.65 541.46 34.19
Kingston upon Thames 329.73 295.36 34.37
Lambeth 1,038.42 921.4 117.02
Lewisham 681.51 628.6 52.91
Merton 393.17 366.16 27.01
Newham 816.1 775.94 40.16
Redbridge 498.11 470.8 27.31
Richmond upon Thames 333.95 296.97 36.98
Southwark 958.83 852.71 106.12
Sutton 354.48 335.57 18.91
Tower Hamlets 820.72 744.35 76.37
Waltham Forest 576.74 546.07 30.67
Wandsworth 613.81 600.05 13.76
Westminster 1,631.84 1,453.81 178.03
Borough Total 20,599.46 19,131.01 1,468.45
Figures provided by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.

Nicky Gavron AM
Nicky Gavron is a member of the London Assembly and Labour Group spokesperson for housing and planning

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Former Deputy Mayor for London, London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and Labour Spokesperson for Planning
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