27 January 2012

OFFICIAL: Boris putting more police on London’s streets

The Evening Standard has today reported new figures that show Mayor Boris Johnson has put more police on London’s streets, with 700 new police officers to be sworn in over the next two months. The increase in police officers means that 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.  This comes in the teeth of a recession.

The report also confirms that despite Ken Livingstone's misleading attacks, 'the overall crime rate is down'. Boris Johnson has cut crime by 10.6% after years of rising crime and broken promises under Ken Livingstone, with violent crime increasing 11.2% and actual bodily harm rising 84% between 2000/01 and 2007/08. 

Mayor Boris Johnson said: “Crime is down by more than 10 per cent 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.”

The choice could not be clearer.  We can move forward with Boris Johnson, who delivers his promises, will protect police numbers and keep cutting crime. Or we can go back to Ken Livingstone, who broke his promises, ignored crime and wasted money on pet political causes.

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