Joan Ryan MP is calling on the government to restore the number of Safer Neighbourhoods Teams to the level which existed prior to May 2010.
I've written to the Home Secretary about the murder in Enfield over the weekend and my concerns about the sharp rise in violent crime in our area.
While the murder of Damien McLaughlin last Saturday was particularly brutal, it is sadly the case that violent crime has risen sharply in Enfield over the past year. The latest figures from the Metropolitan Police show, on average, 20 people in the borough are the victim of such crimes every day; an increase of more than seven per cent in the past year.
I know first hand from my surgeries and on the doorstep, that people in Enfield are worried about this rise in crime. This bears out the findings of the Met’s Public Attitudes Survey which show that fear of crime in Enfield has risen from 28 per cent March 2010 to 47 per cent last September.
Police officers responded to the attack on Saturday quickly, displaying the kind of courage and care towards local residents which people in Enfield so appreciate. But my constituents are also well aware that, while they put themselves in danger every day to protect the public, police officers are working under increasing and unacceptable pressures. Over the past seven years, almost 200 uniformed police officers and PCSOs have been removed from the streets of Enfield. As I stated in the House soon after my return to parliament in 2015, there is a connection between these kind of deep reductions and the increase in crime which we have seen in Enfield since 2010; a point that I have reiterated repeatedly to ministers over the past two years.
Read my full letter here.