Joanne McCartney AM: Mr Mayor. I think we both agree that policing is very stretched at the minute and that the future looks very difficult.
Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Policing is going very well in London. That is how I would put it. The MPS has delivered a remarkable success in continuing to bring crime down throughout the recession.
Joanne McCartney AM: Of course, we had the Commissioner at our policing Plenary in December sitting alongside you and telling us that it was very difficult. He has warned that, with future budget cuts, public safety could be at risk. We have had this last week your Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime telling us that the Government was penny-pinching over counterterrorism money, that the police are extremely stretched in that regard at the minute and that it is a scandal the way the Government is holding back the money on that. You have told us this morning that you want a stronger borough presence all round with regards to policing.
Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): That is what we are achieving.
Joanne McCartney AM: Would you agree with me that if we could have extra officers in boroughs, it would be a good thing, particularly as you have managed to break even on your budgets so far only by holding police officer numbers lower than your target and by cutting 2,500 Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs)?