At the earliest opportunity after Easter recess, Joan Ryan MP raised her serious concerns regarding the rise in violent crime in Enfield following the attempted drive by shooting in her constituency on Friday 1st April.
Addressing the incident, which took place on Armfield Road, during Home Office Questions on Monday 11th April, Ms Ryan said what happened “was totally unacceptable and very frightening for residents.”
She said there were real concerns that public safety was being put at risk, given that “39 uniformed police officers and PCSOs have been lost from Enfield’s streets”, over the past year alone, and during the same period violent crime has increased by 13%. Since May 2010, 42 police officers and 132 PCSOs have been cut in Enfield.
Joan Ryan has written to the Home Secretary on this matter and is seeking a meeting with the new, acting Police Borough Commander for Enfield, Chief Superintendent Carl Robinson, to discuss what immediate steps can be taken to improve public safety for local residents.
Joan Ryan MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Enfield North, said:
“The attempted drive by shooting in Enfield is a shocking incident.
With violent crime continuing to rise, the Government’s decision to hollow out neighbourhood policing in Enfield and across the capital is putting the safety of our community at risk.”
I’ll continue to support visible and sustainable levels of neighbourhood policing – it is vital in helping to cut crime and protect Enfield’s streets.”
For more information:
- The Hansard transcript of Joan Ryan’s Home Office question and the Government Minister’s response can be found here: https://goo.gl/by8BDy.
- Please click here to view a copy of the letter from Joan Ryan MP to the Secretary of State for Home Affairs.
- In the 12 months to February 2016 violent crime against the person rose by 12.8% in Enfield. 6, 158 – number of reported crimes in 12 months to February 2015 and in the year to February 2016 this figure had risen to 6,944. Crime statistics for Enfield and the Met Police can be found here: http://goo.gl/SKXzJ.
- Between February 2015 and February 2016 the number of police officers in Enfield fell from 575 to 548. During the same period, PCSO numbers fell from 46 to 34. Full figures on police and PCSO numbers can be found here: http://goo.gl/Qhg7h2.