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Half of Londoners say police don't have a visible presence in their area

-          Figures from the Met’s Confidence Comparator show 47% of Londoners feel the Met do not provide visible policing presence in their area

-          Mayor set to miss target to increase public confidence in the Met by 20%

London Assembly Labour Group Crime Spokesperson Joanne McCartney AM has called on the Mayor to rethink his cuts to neighbourhood policing after new research found that 47% of Londoners do not believe the Met have a visible police presence in their area.

The data, drawn from the Met’s recently launched ‘Confidence Comparator’ found that just 53% of Londoners felt their police were providing a visible policing presence in their neighbourhood. In some areas, for example South Lewisham, the figure was as low as 31%.

The figures have sparked criticism of the Mayor’s decision to cut back neighbourhood policing teams from six uniformed officers to only two, with Labour’s Joanne McCartney AM calling on the Mayor to put more police officers back into boroughs. Since the current Government came to power 4,333 police officers and PCSOs have been lost from London’s streets.

The Mayor commissioned a review of the new neighbourhood policing units in July 2014 but has thus far refused to release the reviews findings despite concerns that the new setup is leaving neighbourhood policing stretched. The worrying confidence figures come only a week after it was revealed that violent crime in the capital rose 22% last year.

Labour’s London Assembly Crime Spokesperson Joanne McCartney AM said:

“With 4,333 fewer uniformed officers on our streets since the Government came to power it’s no surprise that many Londoners do not feel they have a visible police presence in their area.

“It’s now very likely that the Mayor will miss his target to increase public confidence by 20% and it’s not hard to see why. The cuts to police numbers and the Mayor’s decision to dismantle neighbourhood policing teams have clearly been noticed by the public and show that we need to see more officers back on the beat in local neighbourhoods.”

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