Dec 11 2012

Gareth Says: Over 4,000 Frontline Police Staff axed across London

Secret figures reveal scale of Boris’s cuts to London’s police

Labour & Co-op MP Gareth Thomas has uncovered detailed data which reveals the scale of Boris Johnson’s cuts to London’s police. 4,000 fewer police staff were in place by April 2012 compared to March 2010 – a period which saw major riots take place across London and growing concern about gang crime.

The Freedom of Information Act request to the Metropolitan Police Service found that the number of police officers and community police officers across the capital had reduced from 25,036 on 31st March 2010 to just 20,951 on 8th April 2012; a 16% drop including a reduction of over 2,000 police officers and over 2,000 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). To view the breakdown of figures, please click here: Met Police Numbers.

Key findings include:

  • Every community in London now has fewer police staff than in 2010 with boroughs losing an average of over 125 frontline police staff.
  • Inner-city London hit hardest by last year’s riots and organised gang problems saw the biggest drop in frontline police staff. Lambeth lost over 300 police staff; a drop of nearly 25%. Southwark lost 222 police staff, Lewisham 112 police staff and Westminster 453 police staff.
  • The suburbs too have faced big cuts, with Harrow, Richmond and Kingston upon Thames each losing almost 20% of their police staff.

Gareth Thomas MP said: “David Cameron needs to explain why Boris has allowed so many frontline police staff to be axed in London at a time of growing concern about gang crime and over a period that included major riots. Back in 2010 David Cameron promised to protect frontline police officers yet quite clearly this is yet another promise he hasn’t kept.”

(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)