With violent crime against the person up by almost a third in Enfield over the past year, new statistics compiled by the House of Commons Library show a further 5,400 police officers could be cut in London under Tory spending plans for the next parliament.
Two of Enfield’s police stations have closed and over 100 police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have been axed from its streets, in the last five years. Across London, the Metropolitan Police have cut just under 2,000 police officers. The loss of another 5,400 would have a devastating impact on neighbourhood policing in the capital.
This is against a backdrop of rising serious crime in Enfield and London. In the last year, sexual offences including indecent assault soared by almost 70% in the borough. Racist and religious hate crime rose by 30% and cases of domestic abuse were also up 30% - compared to a 21% increase in the capital. Across London, reports of violence against the person were up 28%, reports of rape were up 22%, Islamophobia rose 25% and anti-Semitic hate crime increased by a staggering 155%. And the threat from terrorism has been raised to severe, placing even more pressure on London’s police.
Labour have committed to scrapping costly Police and Crime Commissioners and using the £50million set aside for elections next year to protect the 1,100 police officers due to be cut next year.
Joan Ryan, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Enfield North, said:
“Local residents are rightly concerned about the rise of serious crime in Enfield.
Under this Tory-led Government and Tory London Mayor we have seen broken promises and big cuts made to the police service, putting the safety of our local community at risk.
Residents of Enfield can’t afford to lose any more police officers or PCSOs, given the surge in violent crime.
A future Labour government will put visible neighbourhood policing back in its rightful place – at the heart of communities. Only Labour has set out clear plans to find the funding to stop a further 1,100 police officers being cut next year."
- The research, compiled by the House of Commons Library, shows the impact on police of a 23% cut in funding, which would mean a national cut of just under 20,000 police officers over 5 years. This is based on the plans set out in George Osborne’s budget and is in line with forecasts from the Association of Chief Police Officers. In 2015/16, we already know 1,100 police officers will lose their jobs under the Tories.