Commenting on reports in the Guardian that 22,000 police jobs could be lost nationally as a result of Government cuts, Labour’s London Assembly Policing Spokesperson, Joanne McCartney AM said:
“We cannot hide from the fact that as Britain’s biggest and most in demand police force, the Met will undoubtedly bear the brunt of the Government’s police cuts.
“By 2016 the Met will have already cut £600m from its budget, that’s meant 63 police stations closing, 5,585 uniformed officers lost from our streets and significant strain on lower priority crimes. The impact of hundreds of millions in further cuts would be devastating. The Mayor often boasts about his influence in Government, it’s time he used that now to help protect policing in the capital.
“Only a couple of years ago the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh described police numbers falling to 31,000 as a ‘doomsday’ scenario. Hitting that number or worse is looking increasingly likely given around 80% of the Mets costs are staff and the Commissioner has already conceded police numbers will fall further.”