30 January 2012

Boris secures £90m to keep police numbers high

Mayor Boris Johnson has secured £90m to keep police numbers high on London's streets, despite the harsh economic climate.

The grant from the Home Office follows last week's news that 700 new police officers will be sworn in over the next two months. And with this increase, the number of police on London’s streets will top 32,320 by March 31 – meaning that under Boris Johnson, there will be 1,000 more police officers on the streets.

With crime in the capital down 10%, Mayor Johnson has lobbied hard to secure this funding in order to ensure that the number of police on the streets do not drop off after the Olympics.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said, “Crime is down by more than 10% across London compared with Ken Livingstone and we’ve had to do it in the teeth of a recession. Robbery is actually down 17%. Murder is down almost 25% since I’ve become Mayor. I’m very proud of that. That’s because of more police.

"As I have always promised and am delivering, there will be 1,000 more police in May than there were when I became Mayor.

"That’s how we’ve been able to fight crime and keep crime down in a very considerable way. Under my mayoralty there will be no cuts in policing and I will continue to ensure there are the right number of police on London's streets to fight crime and make London's neighbourhoods safer to live and work in."

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Posted by Anonymous at 30 January 2012, 13:28

This is fantastic news indeed BoJo :D Keep it up!