Jennette Arnold
London assembly member for North East London — fighting your corner at City Hall

The Mayor of London’s Police and Crime Plan for London was launched in Dalston on Monday 25th March 2013.

The plan confirms that Hackney police station will close and Shoreditch will be downgraded with severely reduced opening hours. It repeats the claim that Hackney will see an increase in police numbers, when in fact there will be a decrease of 48 police officers.

 The new Police and Crime Plan repeats the claim that all of London’s 32 boroughs will see an increase in the number of police officer based in their borough. The Mayor has been previously criticised for this claim as it is based on police numbers in 2011, a low point for the Met following a recruitment freeze. Compared to 2010 17 of London’s 32 boroughs will see a decrease in the number of police officers, and the remaining boroughs will not receive as many extra officers as promised.

The plan also confirms that over 60 police stations and front counters will be closed, 12 stations earmarked for closure have been reprieved but more stations that were safe have been put on the list. The Police and Crime Plan fails to provide any detail about these closures, it also fails to details where the new “Contact Points” will be based.

It’s somewhat disingenuous of Boris Johnson to claim that the borough will see an increase in police officer numbers. Hackney will have 48 fewer officers once the Mayor’s plans are put in place. He is peddling his tired old line that his plan won’t cut frontline police services.

Boris is planning on closing Hackney police station against the wishes of local residents who have been clear in their opposition to the Mayor’s plans. He told us that all police stations closed down would receive like-for-like replacements but his final plans shows that this isn’t the case.

Rather than wasting time promoting himself on the national stage, and getting himself in hot water, as he did on the Andrew Marr programme on Sunday http://tinyurl.com/dy643za the Mayor should be paying attention to his day job and getting a better deal for Londoners from his colleagues in government.”

 

 

The London Police and Crime plans for each individual borough is available here: http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-crime/mission-priorities/police-and-crime-plan