Cuts putting Met “under a level of strain we haven’t seen before”

Responding to new data showing the true scale of police cuts in London, local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“It’s now clear that the Government’s unwillingness to properly fund London’s police services is compromising the Met’s ability to keep Londoners safe.

“With the Met already subjected to government cuts of over £700 million, and a further £325 million of savings to find, we’re seeing our police services under a level of strain we haven’t seen before.

“London has not escaped the national increase in serious violence, but we cannot solely leave it to our under-resourced police force to confront this intolerable rise. It’s time for all hands on deck. We need every section of the community coming together to tackle this abhorrent trend, which is exactly what the Mayor’s knife crime summit today sets out to do. The collective message has to be that we cannot, and we will not, stand by and watch as more lives are destroyed.

“The bottom line is we need police officers on our streets to keep us safe, the Government cannot continue to abdicate their responsibility to give London’s police the funding they need to make this happen.

Funding for anti-knife crime projects to benefit Enfield & Haringey

Responding to the announcement that grassroots organisations in Enfield and Haringey have received a share of £1.15 million funding from the Mayor of London for anti-knife crime projects, local London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM said:

“Today’s announcement dispels recent insinuations made in the press that the Mayor’s action on knife crime is limited to an ad campaign. By funding another 34 grassroots community initiatives across London as part of his Knife Crime Strategy, Sadiq Khan is taking concrete steps to prevent further tragedies from taking place on our streets. Our community is amongst those that will benefit, with funding being granted to 5 grassroots organisations in Enfield and Haringey.

“Early intervention projects play an essential part in stemming the culture of violence in our capital. They empower young people and enhance community cohesion. To this extent, the Mayor will also be introducing his £45 million ‘Young Londoners Fund’, in order to plug the gap left by deep and sustained cuts to youth services made by the Government over the last 8 years.

“Under the current mayoralty, we have the first ever dedicated Knife Crime Strategy, alongside the investment of an extra £110 million from the Mayor to the Met to sustain police numbers and to try and mitigate the impact caused by Government cuts. Meanwhile, today’s funding will go towards stopping the most vulnerable kids in our community becoming caught up in crime.

“The criticisms that have come out against the Met and the Mayor in recent days are evidently unfounded, especially when the Government have continually refused to properly fund our police.”

Joanne joins first ever ‘Walk the Met’

The period leading up to Christmas is one of the busiest for the Metropolitan police. Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, joined local officers to get an insight into the extra demands placed on officers keeping London safe throughout the festive period.

Ms McCartney joined PC James Flesher and PCSO Mark Tilley to walk the beat for a morning in Enfield. They spent time around Albany Park and spoke to local residents about their concerns. Some of the issues raised included anti-social behaviour and gang activity.

The Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said:

“It’s great that so many politicians are walking the streets with local police officers, getting a real feel about what policing London is about.

“At Christmas, officers continue to work around the clock and protect London whilst people are enjoying their festivities, so we hope this helps highlight the challenges our officers face and their year-round dedication.”

Local Labour London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM said:

“It was a pleasure to join officers from Enfield last week.

“Our officers work hard all year round but seeing the extra challenges the festive period can bring was very insightful. It was a chance to see first-hand how officers have responded to growing pressure on resources and it was impressive to see that they are still able to deliver a professional service with diligence and dedication.

“I am very supportive of the Walk the Met initiative and do hope it becomes a new Christmas tradition for Enfield and indeed for London.”

Joanne McCartney AM assists local police with tackling abuses of disabled blue badges in Operation Bodmin

London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM recently observed a local police operation in Haringey, tackling disability parking permit fraud for the rights of disabled drivers. So far a success, Operation Bodmin has seen blue badge abusers held accountable and badges confiscated. An important issue for local residents, Ms McCartney was “glad to see action taken to help make a difference.” Continue reading “Joanne McCartney AM assists local police with tackling abuses of disabled blue badges in Operation Bodmin”

Bobbies pulled off the beat in Enfield and Haringey every month to plug gaps elsewhere

Enfield and Haringey’s police officers are being routinely ‘abstracted’ from their local beats to plug gaps in London-wide public order operations new figures have revealed. The new data found that 297 officer shifts on average are being lost from Enfield police force every month and 266 from Haringey according to Metropolitan Police statistics provided to Labour’s London Assembly policing spokesperson Joanne McCartney.                                           Continue reading “Bobbies pulled off the beat in Enfield and Haringey every month to plug gaps elsewhere”