Mayor Cuts Police Numbers

London Mayor, Boris Johnson, today announced plans to cut police numbers across London from 35,239 in 2010 to 32,510 in 2011/12. Under questioning from Joanne McCartney, London Assembly member for Enfield and Haringey, Boris Johnson also confirmed that he would be cutting 100 Safer Neighbourhood Sergeants next year. There are also plans to cut a further 200 in 2012/13, thereby halving current numbers. Local London Assembly member, Joanne McCartney said: “It is very disappointing that the Mayor is planning to cut the number of officers working in our Safer Neighbourhood Teams. The Met’s own review on what works best in terms of Safer Neighbourhood teams is not due to report until May. The Mayor is pre-judging the outcomes of that review.” Under questioning from Joanne McCartney, the Mayor also confirmed that the headcount of Safer Schools Teams is being reduced. The teams comprise of 183 officers and 102 PCSOs and the Mayor is planning to get rid of 102 PCSOs and replace them with 70 Police Officers, meaning a drop in headcount of 32. Local London Assembly member, Joanne McCartney said: “The Mayor is boasting to Londoners that there will be 70 new Officers in the Safer Schools Teams but forgets to mention he is getting rid of 102 PCSOs. With the number of crime fighters dropping by 32 this will mean less police resources for our schools.”