Are you aware that one of the reasons why the very welcome increase in the number of police officers are not actually being seen on the streets, particularly in Outer London boroughs, is because of the very high numbers that are still be abstracted for anti?terrorism and other duties in Central London? To give you an instance in my own borough, the average daily abstraction " the number of officers taken each day for duties elsewhere " is higher than the total number of officers that Sutton will receive throughout your term of office. That does have a rather negative effect on what you and I wish to see happening.
Are you satisfied that we really still need such high numbers of police officers abstracted, especially given the very high number of police officers based permanently in, for instance, Westminster? Will you raise with the Commissioner when you next see him your concern that the high levels of ongoing abstractions are actually failing to give visible effect of the implementation of your policy?