Merton Police Numbers Are Cut

Figures show there are less local officers

The number of police officers in Merton fell by six at the end of 2011, according to new figures.

In October 2011 there were 372 officers in the borough, but this had dropped to 366 by December, according to figures from the Mayor of London's office and the Met Police.

Labour has said that across London there has been a fall of 1,700 in police numbers in the past two years.

Ken Livingstone, Labour's Mayoral candidate, has pledged to reverse the cutbacks as well as reinstate sergeants to all 600 Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

He said: "Boris Johnson has admitted cutting 1,700 police officers. If I am elected, I will reverse his cuts. And I will reinstate sergeants to all 600 Safer Neighbourhood Teams, more of which will be beefed up to a minimum of nine officers.

"At a time when violent crimes including robbery, knife crime and rape are all rising in London it’s time to reverse the Tory Mayor’s cuts to the police and make the streets of Merton and London safer."

In Wimbledon, Labour says five sergeants from Safer Neighbourhood Teams have effectively been cut from wards with less crime.

February 24, 2012