In my disgust at Livingstone’s personal attack on Eddie Lister I failed to pull him up on the wider point he was trying to make. He was in Bromley last week trying to get people excited about the “loss of police numbers” in the borough. The problem for Livingstone is the numbers just don’t add up (for him).
In April 2008, just before Boris became Mayor, Bromley had 488.6 Police officers (FTE – Full Time Equivalent) as of May this year the Borough has 505.26 Police officers (FTE). In addition to this the borough has 128 Special Constables and 147 PCSOs.
Because of the move to single patroling the borough also enjoys around 3,000 extra police patrols per year and the fact that the borough also has the largest number of police cadets in the city should ensure a healthy supply of new recruits for the future too.
Livingstone also seems to have overlooked the expansion of the the Safer Transport Teams meaning Bromley has 5 sergeants, 9 PCs, 17 Specials and 31 PCSOs and the 50 strong British Transport Police team based on Bromley South railway station paid for by TFL.
Like the Labour groups failed attack at last month’s MQT, Livingstone has scored a huge own goal bringing up policing in Bromley as a campaign issue.