30 fewer police officers in Kingston than in 2010

An estimated 299 police officers are currently working full time in Kingston

An estimated 299 police officers are currently working full time in Kingston

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Kingston has about 30 fewer police officers than it did four years ago, new figures show.

The Metropolitan Police's latest crime figures and associated data show that staffing levels in the borough have dropped from a high of 329 officers in March 2010 to 299 in January 2014.

But that is still more than Kingston had a year ago, when just 281 officers were working full time in the borough.

The stats represent full-time equivalent figures, taking account of part time working and job sharing, and do not represent an exact headcount.

However, Labour London Assembly member Murad Qureshi said the data still showed mayor Boris Johnson had failed to live up to his promise to increase police numbers.

Mr Qureshi said: "“Despite promising us there would be one thousand more police officers in London, the truth is the mayor has failed to deliver.

"We have lost over 3,000 police officers in London.

"The Mayor has already admitted that there may be flaws in his new community policing plan; the [police inspectorate] HMIC has reported that the Met now has the third lowest visibility of officers in the country.

"The Mayor needs to act on his promise and get officers into our neighbourhoods.”

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1:13pm Thu 27 Mar 14

captain_shamrock says...

Boris Johnson's policing deputy has admitted that these future cuts will impact front line services. The electorate should reflect on the obscene waste of money that this Conservative administration has wasted on Boris Johnson vanity projects.

As an example, Boris Johnson's Roastmaster vanity bus project over its lifetime will cost £500 Million more than buying better, less polluting standard vehicles available. That unnecessary waste would have more than covered these swingeing cuts to our police service. The vanity Boris Bikes, Boris Bridge and cable car all add 10's of millions to the bill, but don't benefit Kingstonians in any way.

Our policing budget gets trashed to pay for Boris' expensive PR stunts, whose only purpose is boost his ego as he tries to become Tory leader.

Local conservatives fully support this waste. Local Conservative MLA Tony Arbour was an extremely enthusiastic supporter of the police cuts.
Rather than defend his area from police cuts (like Lib Dem & Labour MLAS), he famously went further and attacked the police for playing "Angry Birds".

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Boris Johnson's policing deputy has admitted that these future cuts will impact front line services. The electorate should reflect on the obscene waste of money that this Conservative administration has wasted on Boris Johnson vanity projects. As an example, Boris Johnson's Roastmaster vanity bus project over its lifetime will cost £500 Million more than buying better, less polluting standard vehicles available. That unnecessary waste would have more than covered these swingeing cuts to our police service. The vanity Boris Bikes, Boris Bridge and cable car all add 10's of millions to the bill, but don't benefit Kingstonians in any way. Our policing budget gets trashed to pay for Boris' expensive PR stunts, whose only purpose is boost his ego as he tries to become Tory leader. Local conservatives fully support this waste. Local Conservative MLA Tony Arbour was an extremely enthusiastic supporter of the police cuts. Rather than defend his area from police cuts (like Lib Dem & Labour MLAS), he famously went further and attacked the police for playing "Angry Birds". . captain_shamrock
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