Joanne McCartney AM calls on Mayor to reverse police cuts in face of rising crime

Local London Assembly member Joanne McCartney is calling on the Mayor to reverse his police cuts as it was revealed that Enfield lost 32 officers over the past two years.

In March 2010 there were 595 based in Enfield.  By December last year the number had fallen to 562. Across London the Mayor has cut 1,700 police officers in the last two years.

The most recent Metropolitan Police crime figures, released two weeks ago, revealed that residential burglary in the borough rose by 14.5 per cent in the last year.

Joanne said: “These figures reveal the full extent of Boris Johnson’s police cuts. Rather than embracing the government’s cuts to the police we need a Mayor who will make sure we have enough police on our streets.”

“The loss of officers is completely unacceptable. As residential burglary and vehicle theft is rising in our borough we need more police on our streets, not less. That’s why I’m calling on the Mayor to protect the police to help keep our streets safe for all of us.”

While overall crime in London is down 1 per cent in the last year, certain types of violent crime including burglary, robbery and muggings rose significantly in 2011, compared to the previous year:

  • Residential burglary up 14.5%
  • Theft of motor vehicles up 9%
  • Theft from motor vehicles up 6.4%
  • Theft of bicycles up 12.7%

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