Police community support officers could be axed in latest proposals

The Metropolitan Police have recently announced they will be considering scrapping all London's 1017 neighbourhood police community support officers (PCSOs) at their next Management Board meeting tomorrow (29 September) because of financial pressures. The three options under consideration are:

Option one - scrap all 1017 neighbourhood PCSOs,

Option two - reduce the number to 629 officers, leaving just one dedicated ward officer per ward, and

Option three - make no cuts.

Under option one Barnet would lose all 52 of its current PCSOs.

Barnet already has 120 fewer PCSOs than in 2010 because of Boris Johnson's cuts to police - a reduction of over 68%.

Cllr Arjun Mittra, Labour's spokesperson for crime and community safety said:

"These plans show the on-going effect of the government’s cuts to police budgets, and are a threat to community safety.

"Police community support officers are a hugely important public face for the police in the local area and are a point of contact for each community that provides invaluable intelligence for the police.

"Barnet was supposed to have 9 dedicated officers per ward, but this was reduced to just 2 per ward under Boris Johnson, with the rest based in either High Barnet or Colindale.

"To go down to one dedicated officer per ward or scrap them altogether would be the end of neighbourhood policing – one of the most popular policies introduced under the last Labour Mayor of London.

"The fact that the current Mayor, Boris Johnson, said he did not even know about the proposals is extraordinary."

Ends.

Notes:

1. Details of the Met announcement can be found here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-34200384

2. Details of the Mayor of London’s statement that he was not aware of the proposed PCSO cuts:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-34268997

3. Details of Barnet’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams:

http://content.met.police.uk/Page/TeamFinder?scope_id=1257246650510

For more information contact: cllr.a.mittra@barnet.gov.uk

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

 

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