Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Threat to your Security & Safety

Earlier today (Wednesday 16th September) at the London Mayor’s Question Time, Boris Johnson did not seem to be aware of the proposals to either drastically reduce or scrap PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) entirely across London.

According to the MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime) website they have a 20:20:20 challenge which includes a 20% reduction in costs (that’s £500million) and improving performance by 20%. The start of this process in Redbridge occurred with the introduction of the new “Policing Model” exactly two years ago today where the emphasis was transferred away from Community Policing and ward based Safer Neighbourhood Teams with their numbers reducing from six to two.

Since then there have been a number of troubling reports, not least that there will be a further additional reduction in the budget for the Metropolitan Police of £800 million.

Police Chiefs Warn 22,000 Jobs Could Be Lost Under Fresh Conservative Cuts

Police chief warns that officers may no longer respond to burglaries

Volunteers should do axed cops’ jobs, say Tory ministers after cutting 17,000 officers

Four in five burglaries go unsolved!

Stark cuts warning from police chiefs at Gants Hill Q&A event

Doom and Gloom in the Police Oracle

Worried? Not sure what it all means to you?
Then come along to meet the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, at our meeting on 22nd October 2015. Details here.

The Future?


  1. When you hear stuff like that why is everyone so surprised by the election of Jeremy Corbyn?

  2. Did you hear about the swingeing cuts in Essex. We will not have an open to the public police station in the whole of Epping Forest and the advice is that we are to go to a London one if we want to report a crime or present our documents in person, once the Loughton Police Station desk closes.