Mayor of Hackney fears police cuts will increase crime
The Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe has welcomed Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe’s statement in which he admitted that planned cuts to the Metropolitan Police budget will endanger the public.
We have now heard confirmation from no less than the Police Commissioner himself that the safety of Londoners is being put at risk through the budget reductions being imposed on the Metropolitan Police. I'm concerned that further planned cuts will mean even fewer officers on the streets of Hackney, which is why I again raised this with the Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey as recently as last week.
"Hackney already has disproportionately fewer officers than other boroughs and I fear a further reduction will lead to an increase in crime, as well as in residents’ fear of crime.”
“With one of the biggest night-time economies in London and a growing population we need a greater police presence not a reduction. Moreover, when a crime is committed there is now real concern that cuts are also delaying investigations.”
“I understand that the Metropolitan Police Service, like all public services, is facing substantial budgets cuts, but I urge them to now talk seriously to us about the numbers of officers they are allocating to boroughs such as Hackney and the impact this is having. I hope that senior officers at Scotland Yard will now find this easier following Bernard Hogan-Howe’s statement.
Since 2010, Hackney has seen the largest reduction in police officer numbers compared with other similar boroughs. Today, there are 164 fewer police officers compared with 2010, whilst Croydon has seven fewer officers on the streets.
Hackney's Safer Neighbourhood Teams already cover large areas, and with fewer police officers these patches will increase. Despite their best efforts, maintaining regular contact with the public will become ever more difficult, and this day-to-day contact is vital in building up trust and providing reassurance to residents.