– Statement from the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime
We have taken tough decisions to ensure that we keep police numbers high in London, and our budget plans are robust.
We are cutting back on management and senior supervisors so we can afford to hire more bobbies to boost frontline policing, and we are on course to make the savings.
All forces are absorbing the costs associated with the Winsor reforms to pay and conditions, but changing the rank mix is the right way to protect the frontline.
London Assembly Labour Police and Crime spokesperson, Joanne McCartney AM, said:
"Crime has fallen but certain types of crime like Domestic Violence, Gross Bodily Harm and Theft from a Person are rising. It is more important than ever that we maintain the police presence on our streets and make them safer.
"The Mayor is desperately scrabbling around trying to make it look like he's not cutting the front line but the facts don't lie. If he put as much effort into getting a good deal from government as he does rearranging the deck chairs, then maybe we wouldn't be in this mess."
– Joanne McCartney AM, London Assembly Labour Police and Crime spokesperson
This admission by the Mayor's Office is further proof that he and the government have cut the police budget too far.
Cutting 20% from the budget has led to the loss of 2,600 police officers and 2,000 PCSOs in our city.
We should be protecting our frontline emergency services, but the Mayor is cutting them back.
The Metropolitan Police is facing a shortfall in funding following Government cuts, according to a report from the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime.
The reports from MPOAC states: "The expected profile of Police Officer FTEs (Full Time Equivalents) during the year indicates a reduction in senior ranks, offset by an increase in Constables, however this movement in rank mix will not be sufficient to match the budgeted plan."