Responding to comments from the Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe that “public safety will suffer” as a result of further cuts to the police force, London Assembly Labour Group Crime Spokesperson, Joanne McCartney AM said:
“It is clear that the Met is already operating under significant strain as a result of the Government’s cuts. The Met has already seen almost 4,500 police officers and PCSOs cut from our streets since 2010. The Commissioner’s warning is right, £1.4bn of cuts to the force by 2020 would have a dramatic effect on our ability to keep the streets safe.
“The Commissioner’s admission that public safety could suffer as a result of further cuts should not be taken lightly. The Government and Mayor need to listen to these stark warnings.
“Whilst we should not accept cuts which will dramatically degrade frontline policing, we must be equally aware of the risks involved with the creeping privatisation of our police force. That is not what the public want to see.”