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Labour Candidate Challenges Policing Numbers

Thursday 20 March 2014
Emily Brothers, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, challenged local policing numbers at a meeting last night held by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). Ms Brothers said:
“Local residents appreciate the work of hard-pressed frontline officers, but there aren’t enough of them – whatever way the Mayor tries to massage the figures.
“Recent increases in recruitment only partly address earlier losses that were much higher – four steps back, one step forward.
“Boris Johnson has cut policing across the capital since 2010 by 1,700 and the Mayor is well short of his 32,000 target – that’s why he can’t be trusted.
“Police are regularly pulled away from Sutton and Cheam to support major events or areas experiencing higher crime rates, to the detriment of people who live and work in our community.
“Neighbourhood policing was pioneered by Labour, rooted in local communities, doing more than reacting to crimes by also preventing them.
“We can only build confidence in the police if they are less remote, more visible and well resourced.”

Notes to Editors
1. On 30/11/13 the Sutton Guardian reported that Emily Brothers backed Lord Stevens Independent Review into Policing:
2. On 31/01/14 the Sutton Guardian reported that Borough Commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Guy Ferguson, advised Sutton’s Advisory Committee that significant pressures were being placed on neighbourhood policing due to officers being pulled away from the area.


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