Thousands of Police Officers could lose their jobs in the next decade
Analysis carried out by Gareth Thomas MP, based on figures compiled by the House of Commons Library, shows that thousands of UK Police Officers face losing their job over the next decade.
In London, the Metropolitan Police may have to cut between 1,300 and 5,200 Police Officers- out of a total 31,000- if the full cuts are introduced.
Gareth Thomas MP commissioned the study following the announcement that the Metropolitan Police must save £1.4billion over the next decade. A more detailed analysis can be read, here.
Back our Police
For some time now Gareth Thomas MP has been campaigning against falling police numbers in Harrow.
Harrow now has 358 police officers and 32 community police officers – a total of just 390, but in March 2010 Harrow had 403 police officers and 116 PCSOs - a total of 519. We have therefore seen a 25% cut in our local police force.
New figures also reveal that the Metropolitan Police has lost thousands of officers across London since May 2010. There are now 30,712 Police Officers in London despite the Mayor promising that he would maintain police numbers ‘at or around 32,000’. Indeed Deputy Mayor for Policing Stephen Greenhalgh said last year that it would be a “doomsday scenario” for policing if the figure dipped below 31,000.
Over the same period the Met has also lost 2,559 Police Community Support Officers – over 55% of the total.
According to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) the Met Police is now the third least visible on the streets compared to other areas of the country.Gareth has been pressing the Home Office and the Mayor of London to produce a timeline for when Harrow will again have the same complement of police officers, including PCSOs, as we had back in March 2010.
You can read Gareth Thomas MP’s recent speech in Parliament on Harrow police numbers here.