02 April 2012

My Crime Manifesto

"Fighting Crime in London" - Boris Johnson's Crime Manifesto

Today I'm launching my crime manifesto and I wanted you to be one of the first to read it.

The first duty of the Mayor is to protect Londoners. 

When I was elected, I inherited a police force in need of strong leadership, where officers were tied to their desks by unnecessary paperwork. 27 teenagers had been murdered in 2007, but the response from City Hall was weak. Violent crime had increased, drug crime had more than doubled and public disorder offences on the tube had increased by 521%. 

I promised to work to turn things around. By bringing fresh leadership to the Metropolitan Police Service, working with all London’s boroughs, and Londoners whatever their background and politics, we have made a good start.

Comparing my term against that of my predecessor: There are 1,000 extra warranted officers on the London’s streets now than there were in May 2008. Total crime has been cut by 10.8%. Murders have decreased by 25.9%, with the lowest rate since 1978. Youth violence has decreased by 13.8%, with the number of youth murders almost halving. Over 11,000 knives have been taken off the streets. Robberies are down by 16.3%. And bus crime has fallen by 30% since I put 697 extra police on our tube and buses and introduced with a ban on alcohol on the Transport for London network.   

For all this hard work, last year’s riots show the full scale of the challenges we still face.

I will:

  • Work with the Commissioner to deliver a massive boost to Safer Neighbourhood Teams, with an additional 2,000 police, including adding up to three police officers, to every team. Each team will also get three Special Constables to further boost police presence in our neighbourhoods.
  • Maintain the extra 1,000 police officers I have put on the street.
  • Double the number of Special Constables to 10,000 and offer, for the first time in Greater London, a 50% rebate on the Mayor’s share of council tax to Special Constables.
  • Establish a Safer Neighbourhood Board in every borough giving local Londoners and victims a greater voice in setting policing priorities, with a £1million fund across London.
  • Lobby for legislation to allow me to introduce a direct entry scheme to the Met.
  • Give local people a direct say in Community Payback.
  • Establish a new Sentencing Unit for London with a focus on violence, especially knife crime.
  • Maintain funding for the extra police on the transport network which is at risk under Ken Livingstone’s plans to take £1.14bn out of the transport budget.
  • Double the size of the Met’s Status Dogs Unit and seek tougher sentences for those using dogs as weapons in Greater London.

And of course all of this is to be set against the backdrop of the biggest policing operation in living memory with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, alongside the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I will work closely with the Commissioner and his team to ensure we achieve the twin tasks of keeping the city safe and securing the 2012 Games.

We have made progress despite difficult times. At the Mayoral election on 3rd May this progress is at risk. The choice at this election is between taking London backwards, and my plan to ensure we have the resources to maintain the extra 1,000 police numbers I have put on the street, so that London is not just safer, but also feels safer. 

I hope I can count on your support on 3rd May.

Boris Johnson

PS: If you haven't already, please sign our Backers Map to show your support for what we've already achieved and what we plan to do in the next four years: www.backboris2012.com/#backing

Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, quality of life | Tags: Crime, Knives, Met, Police, Safer neighbourhood board, Special constables

28 November 2011

Transforming Waltham Forest

Mayor Boris Johnson has placed a great deal of emphasis on improving the communities in Outer London and this is evident in my home borough of Waltham Forest.

Boris has set aside a £50m Outer London fund to help regenerate suburban town centres,  such as Wood Street town centre in Walthamstow, in the heart of the borough.

Thanks to this investment, this area is being transformed from a bland, boring high street into a safe, tidy shopping area and is giving residents a real sense of pride in their area. I know that the mayor is keen for more areas to benefit from this fund and I'm sure that more of Waltham Forest will benefit in the long term.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, environment, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Outer london fund, Oyster, Police, Waltham forest

25 November 2011

Progress in Lewisham

It's an exciting time to be a Londoner. Next year our city will be in the spotlight with the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It is also a time to reflect on the last three and a half years of London under the stewardship of Mayor Boris Johnson.
Since being elected in May 2008 I have seen Boris working hard to deliver for London and Lewisham - moving away from the waste under Ken Livingstone.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, Olympics, quality of life, transport | Tags: Council tax freeze, Diamond jubilee, Lewisham, Olympics, Oyster, Police

24 November 2011

How Boris got me on my bike

I moved to London in May 2008 and made my home in Putney, Wandsworth at the same time that Boris became mayor.  Already a very economical and well run borough, I was delighted to see services have progressively improved in the time that I have been here under an established Tory council and the new Tory Mayor.
Proving that efficiency savings are possible, without losing essential services, Boris froze the Mayor’s share of council tax, and in turn, the borough was able to continue to keep the council tax low. This has all been done without compromising on the weekly rubbish collection or closing libraries.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Barclays cycle hire, District line, Oyster, Police, Putney, Wandsworth

16 November 2011

Boris's vision drives Ealing forward

With the London Mayoral election less than six months away, I'm asking myself the big question: What is Boris doing for Ealing?

And I'm pleased to say he is making a difference here in this large diverse borough which stretches from Southall in the west through Northolt, Greenford, central and south Ealing to Acton in the east.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, transport | Tags: Crossrail, Cycle lanes, Ealing, High streets, Outer london fund, Oyster, Police, Traffic flow

09 November 2011

I welcome Boris’ improvements to front-line policing in Lambeth

In Lambeth, the benefits of having Boris Johnson as Mayor are very practical and highly noticeable.

In my local park, a friend works with neighbours on a “grow-your-own” vegetable plot. The social and environmental benefits of bringing city dwellers closer to nature and the food chain are immense. So I am pleased that Boris has created over 80 green spaces in Lambeth alone that will allow similar schemes. 

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, environment, London, transport | Tags: Booze ban, Green space, Grow your own, High street, Lambeth, Outer london fund, Police

13 July 2011

Over 1,000 more police on London's streets

A message from Lynton Crosby, BackBoris2012 Campaign Director:

The safety of London's streets is a key responsibility of London's Mayor. When Boris was elected Mayor crime was one of London's most pressing issues - robberies were increasing; violent crime was up; gun crime was up; and 27 teenagers were murdered in 2007 alone.

Yet the previous Mayor, Ken Livingstone, was ignoring the issue. In February 2008 he was exposed for conning Londoners after he wrongly claimed to be putting more police on our streets - a line he is still peddling three years on. In fact he wasn't. He was relying on the boroughs and the Government to put police on our streets and provided no extra funding himself.

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Categories: crime, London | Tags: Crime, Kit malthouse, Police

10 June 2011

Boris joins Met on robbery crackdown raid

More than 1,500 police officers took part in a massive crackdown on robbery and buglary earlier this week.

Officers burst into dozens of houses across London at the start of a six-month long campaign, targeting 20 specific areas.

Boris Johnson accompanied officers on some of the raids, taking at least one suspect by surprise.

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Categories: crime, London | Tags: Crime, Police

01 June 2011

Boris has news for you!

Millions of Londoners are today receiving their copies of the Boris Record detailing the Mayor's achievements in office.

The newspapers are tailored to each of the capital's boroughs and have been paid for by voluntary donations - not taxpayers' money.

They detail how Boris is leading the charge to improve local transport links, freezing his share of your council tax and how putting more police on the streets has led to fall in crime in your neighbourhoods.

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Categories: Campaign Updates | Tags: Achievements, Boris johnson, Council tax, Crime, London, Police, Record, Transport

20 April 2011

Safer London leads the country

Figures out today show crime is falling across the country. They also show London is outperforming the rest of the country in certain areas. According to the Home Office statistics drug offences in London have fallen at five times the rate as the rest of the country.


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Categories: crime, London | Tags: Crime, London, Payback london, Police