Last week Sadiq Khan announced an additional £60 million per annum funding to protect frontline policing across London. An extra 1000 police officers will be made possible by this money and will help to protect Londoners in the face of massive cuts made by the Tory government.
Speaking on behalf of Bromley Labour Councillors, Group Leader Cllr Angela Wilkins said:
“Whilst we have some concerns about the Mayor’s decision to merge police forces across Bromley, Croydon & Sutton, we have to recognise that this decision has been forced on Sadiq Khan by a Tory government that has already cut London’s police budgets by £700 million.
Doing nothing simply wasn’t an option – but there is one person alone to blame, and that is Theresa May. What surprises me most is that the new Lib Dem voices popping up for the election don’t recognise the facts of what the government have been doing over the last few years. I note too that they don’t offer alternative proposals for the policing budget.
Sadiq has repeatedly warned that with further savings needed, the Met is running out of options and that police officer numbers in the capital could fall significantly below 30,000 before 2021 – a dangerous low which presents a serious risk to the safety of Londoners.
In announcing this extra money, which has been diverted from non-policing initiatives, Sadiq is putting as much money as he can into protecting the public.
Quite simply, we have had too many victims of knife and other violent crimes in Bromley recently – and we have seen closures of police local neighbourhood offices. Now, thanks to Sadiq, our police numbers will not be cut even further.”
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