Cuts leave us with no choice

Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Kahn’s re­sponse to last week’s Bmail col­umn

The Mayor of Lon­don, Sadiq Khan said: “My top pri­or­ity is keep­ing Lon­don­ers safe, and I have been clear that the huge Govern­ment cuts to the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Ser­vice have left us with no choice but to take dras­tic ac­tion to pro­tect the front­line of polic­ing.

“I do not want to close any front coun­ters or po­lice sta­tions and I un­der­stand the con­cern in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. There is the widest pos­si­ble con­sul­ta­tion with public meet­ings held in every bor­ough to get res­i­dents’ views on th­ese draft pro­pos­als.

“Un­der the pro­pos­als which we are forced to do due to Govern­ment cuts, a 24/7 front counter ser­vice will be main­tained in every bor­ough and the tele­phone and on­line ser­vices that Lon­don­ers value so highly will be im­proved. Po­lice of­fi­cers will spend more time on the beat in their com­mu­ni­ties to tackle the is­sues that mat­ter most to Lon­don­ers, such as knife crime, anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, hate crime and ex­trem­ism, and do­mes­tic abuse.

“We are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to main­tain the best pos­si­ble ser­vice for Lon­don­ers, but the Met bud­get is at a cliff-edge and I con­tinue to call on the Govern­ment to take ur­gent ac­tion and prop­erly fund our po­lice ser­vice so they can do their job and keep Lon­don­ers safe.”

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