The Metropolitan Police will consider plans to axe all local PCSOs at its Management Board meeting on the 29th September it has been revealed. The cuts could see neighbourhood policing teams reduced to just a single police officer for each ward despite having six officers (3 PCSOs, 2 PCs and a sergeant) only 3 years ago.
This is the clearest sign yet that Government cuts are decimating London’s police force. Axing all of London’s PCSOs would be the final nail in the coffin for neighbourhood policing and mean far fewer officers on the beat in our communities acting as the eyes and ears of the Met.
Boris Johnson has already cut neighbourhood police teams from six officers to only two, axing every PCSO would leave just a single officer left to police vast areas of the capital.
With at least £800m of expected cuts hanging over the Met, there is a real question as to whether the police service as we know it will exist in ten years’ time.