Responding to comments from the Met Commissioner that he expects “to need to making savings of up to £1.4bn by the end of the next spending review”, London Assembly Labour Group Crime Spokesperson, Joanne McCartney AM said:
“The Deputy Mayor has said that police numbers falling below the 31,000 level would be a ‘doomsday scenario’ the Commissioner’s comments today suggest we are closer to doomsday than the Mayor would like to admit.
“The Met is already under incredible pressure with the capital’s police force seeing almost 4,500 police officers and PCSOs cut from our streets since the Government came to power. Losing more officers risks leaving a gaping hole in the Met’s ability to provide the kind of service Londoners expect.
“With the capital’s population booming and violent crime up over the last year, it is vital that the Met are given the resources they need to keep our streets safe.
“The Mayor will have known for some time that further cuts were on the horizon he must act now to secure the future of London’s policing. This is no time for further complacency, on this vital issue of public safety he cannot simply leave it for his successor to grapple with.”