|Tracey Hits Back On Merton Police Numbers|
Assembly Member's Letter to the Editor
London Assembly Member Richard Tracey has hit back at Labour claims that police numbers in Merton have been cut.
Labour has said that the latest figures show that the number of police officers in the borough fell by six at the end of 2011.
But Mr Tracey (left), AM for Merton and Wandsworth, says there have been "natural fluctuations" in police numbers.
In a letter to the editor, he writes:
Due to the recent recruitment of police officers from London’s pool of PCSOs, the PCSO numbers in Safer Neighbourhood teams may appear to be down. However these should be filled very shortly indeed.
There are crude political reasons why some people may be choosing to highlight what are simply natural fluctuations in police numbers. Such fluctuations occur due to ongoing retirement and recruitment flows every single year.
Richard Tracey AM