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Plans to cut ALL local PCSOs in London are “final nail in the coffin for neighbourhood policing” – Joanne McCartney AM

Commenting on reports the Metropolitan Police is considering axing over 1,000 PCSO’s in London, Labour’s London Assembly Policing Spokesperson Joanne McCartney AM said:

“This is the clearest sign yet that Government cuts are decimating London’s police force. Axing all of London’s PCSOs would be the final nail in the coffin for neighbourhood policing and mean far fewer officers on the beat in our communities acting as the eyes and ears of the Met.

“Boris Johnson has already cut neighbourhood police teams from six officers to only two, axing every PCSO would leave just a single officer left to police vast areas of the capital.

“With at least £800m of expected cuts hanging over the Met, there is a real question as to whether the police service as we know it will exist in ten years’ time.”

ENDS

Notes

-          According to information received by Joanne McCartney AM the options to be considered by the Metropolitan Police Management Board on the 29th September include:

o   Retain 629 dedicated ward PCSO posts.

o   Remove all Neighbourhood PCSO posts.

-          According to the PCS Union there are currently 1,017 safer neighbourhood PCSOs in the capital.

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