Commenting on the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s comments that up to 8,000 police officers may be lost as a result of Government cuts, Labour’s London Assembly Policing Spokesperson Joanne McCartney AM said:
“The Commissioner’s warning of a return to the 1970s show just how wrong the Home Secretary is to claim her cuts to the police force are not hitting the front line. Since 2010 London has already lost 1,360 police officers and 2,782 PCSOs with plans now afoot to scrap all the capital’s PCSOs. Losing another 8,000 would devastate the police force.
“With £800m in further cuts coming down the line there is a real danger we’ll see an undoing of all the progress made by London’s police force as the clock is turned back. There’s no doubt that cuts to neighbourhood policing are already having a massive impact, with violent crime in the capital already on the rise. With the Commissioner now warning about London’s ability to respond to major incidents and terrorist attacks there can be no doubt about the danger the Home Secretary's cuts are putting the capital in.”