Mike Gapes MP has joined with Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper to condemn government cuts to policing after figures released today that show that the Metropolitan Police Service in London lost 1124 police officers since 2010 under the Tory-led Government.
Figures released by the Home Office today show the Government’s cuts to policing have resulted in the lowest number of police officers in England and Wales for over a decade.
This comes on the back of figures last week showing the proportion of crimes being solved by police is falling, with 30,000 fewer crimes solved in the last year, including 7,000 violent crimes against the person.
Mike Gapes MP said: “It is extremely worrying that thanks to this Conservative-led Government’s cuts to policing, we now have 1124 fewer Metropolitan Police officers .
“This Government’s reduction in frontline police puts our communities at risk with fewer frontline officers, fewer officers responding to 999 calls and less visible police. The morale of our officers is also at an all-time low.
“These huge cuts to policing are making it harder for the police to catch criminals and deliver justice. 30,000 fewer crimes were solved under this Government in the last year, including 7,000 crimes of violence against the person.
“I know that Borough Commanders across London including Redbridge Chief Superintendent Sue Williams, and their teams are doing their best to deal with challenging crime issues, but thanks to the current Government’s cuts, thousands of victims In across London are being denied justice. Thousands more criminals are getting away with it – so this Tory-led Government needs to urgently rethink next year's police budget cuts and stop letting our communities down.”