Police cuts in Islington ‘would devastate the police force’
- Credit: Archant
The safety of Islington could be at risk if police numbers are reduced as part of government cuts, the Labour London Assembly member for Islington, Jennette Arnold, has warned.
Mrs Arnold’s comments come after the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, admitted in an interview last week that government cuts could result in the loss of as many as 8,000 police officers.
If shared equally across all the Met’s frontline teams, including specialist units, the cuts could result in borough police forces
losing around 25 per cent of their officers.
For Islington this would mean 143 police officers would be lost, according to Labour members.
You may also want to watch:
However, if specialist units are protected and the 8,000 were all lost from London boroughs, Islington would lose 252 police officers – the equivalent of 44 per cent.
Reacting to the news, Mrs Arnold, who also represents Hackney and Waltham Forest, said: “The Commissioner’s warning of a return to 1970s levels of funding shows just how wrong the Home Secretary is to claim her cuts to the police force are not hitting the front line.
- 1 Man in Highbury court charged with shooting gun in High Holborn
- 2 Kacem Mokrane: Islington man amongst seven charged with 2017 murder
- 3 Tony Eastlake: Man denies murder of ‘flower man of Islington’
- 4 Council fund boosts plans for Islington 'urban forest'
- 5 Islington community charity launches with sunny street party
- 6 'Islington drivers – you don't always need to overtake cyclists'
- 7 Missing teenagers from Dagenham may be in Islington or Haringey
- 8 Consultation launches on St Peter’s people-friendly streets scheme
- 9 Aristocrat's daughter, 25, died unexpectedly after developing 'severe headache'
- 10 Jeremy Corbyn joins campaign to protect human right Article 25
“Since 2010 Islington has already lost 223 police officers and PCSOs with plans now afoot to scrap all the capital’s PCSOs entirely.
“Losing significantly more officers in Islington, up to 8,000 in total across the whole capital, would devastate the police force.”
She added: “With around £1bn of further cuts coming down the line there is a real danger we’ll see an undoing of all the progress made by London’s police force as the clock is turned back.”
Mrs Arnold warned that cuts had already sparked an increase in crime in London.
“There’s no doubt that cuts to neighbourhood policing are already having a massive impact, with violent crime in the capital already on the rise.
“With the Commissioner now warning about London’s ability to respond to major incidents and terrorist
attacks there can be no doubt about the danger the Home Secretary’s cuts are putting the capital in.”