Rising London Crime and Police Cuts

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6334
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you agree with the Prime Minister’s assertion that there is no link between police numbers and rising crime?

Answer

Rising London Crime and Police Cuts

Rising London Crime and Police Cuts

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No. There is no doubt that years of severe Government cuts to the Metropolitan Police Service - £850 million since 2010 - have had an impact on the ability to prevent crime and detect the perpetrators. Indeed, we have fewer police in London now in 2019 than at any time since 2003, despite a significant increase in population. Many of these cuts happened when the current Prime Minister was the Home Secretary responsible for policing. 

I am doing the best to fill this gap, but the Government need to wake up to the reality – there is a link between the number of police officers and crime going up. With more than 70 per cent of police funding provided by the Government, ultimately the measures available to me cannot undo the damage of years of funding cuts and continued underfunding and I urge the government to give me the resources to protect all Londoners.