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Southwark Labour demands action from Mayor on police cuts

09 December 2014
Police petition Southwark Labour councillors and local community activists met at City Hall to hand over a petition to Mayor of London Boris Johnson to restore policing levels in Southwark, which have reduced significantly since 2010.

Over 2,000 people signed the petition to restore policing numbers in Southwark. Southwark Labour Leader Peter John handed the petition to London Assembly Member Val Shawcross, who will officially present it to Boris Johnson today at a GLA meeting examining the current and future state of policing in London.

Nearly 200 police officers have been cut in Southwark over the past four years, meaning an average of 9 police officers have been lost per ward across the borough. Despite making an election promise only two years ago not to reduce the number of police officers in Southwark, Tory Mayor Boris Johnson has cut the number of frontline officers and dedicated ward officers in the borough by 20%. Southwark Labour has been campaigning for the number of police officers to be returned to 2010 levels, when the borough had 957 police officers and 112 PCSOs. 

Southwark Labour cabinet member for community safety, Cllr Michael Situ, said:

“We started this petition because despite his promise not to reduce police numbers in Southwark, Boris Johnson has cut 200 police officers in our borough over the past four years. Our residents deserve to feel safe in their local community and Southwark deserves a police force that mirrors the residents it serves.”

“Our campaign has been backed by community activists and over 2,000 residents – now it’s time for Boris to sit up and listen to what we have to say, to reverse the cuts and to restore Southwark’s policing levels to the levels we had in 2010.”



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