Fighting crime in London. Boris’s policing manifesto

Today Boris launched his crime and policing manifesto.

click here to read manifesto in full

Let’s not forget that in 2007 there were 27 teenagers murdered on London’s streets and Livingstone’s reaction was to blame the media for hyping up the situation “If it bleeds it leads” he said.  Violent crime had increased, drug crime had more than doubled and public disorder offences on the tube had increased by 521%.

There are now a 1,000 more full time officers on the London’s streets than there were in May 2008 and an extra 3,500 special constables. Total crime has been cut by 10.8%. Murders have decreased by 25.9%, with the lowest rate since 1978. Youth violence has decreased by 13.8%, with the number of youth murders almost halving.

Over 11,000 knives have been taken off the streets. Robberies are down by 16.3%. And bus crime has fallen by 30% since we put 697 extra police on the tube and buses.

The plan for the next four years is to continue the focus on front line policing and Boris will:

  • Work with the Commissioner to deliver a massive boost to Safer Neighbourhood Teams, with an additional 2,000 police, including adding up to three police officers, to every team. Each team will also get three Special Constables to further boost police presence in our neighbourhoods. 
  • Maintain the extra 1,000 police officers we have put on the street.
  • Double the number of Special Constables to 10,000 and offer, for the first time in Greater London, a 50% rebate on the Mayor’s share of council tax to Special Constables.
  • Establish a Safer Neighbourhood Board in every borough giving local Londoners and victims a greater voice in setting policing priorities, with a £1million fund across London.
  • Lobby for legislation to introduce a direct entry scheme to the Met.
  • Give local people a direct say in Community Payback.
  • Establish a new Sentencing Unit for London with a focus on violence, especially knife crime.
  • Maintain funding for the extra police on the transport network which is at risk under Ken Livingstone’s plans to take £1.14bn out of the transport budget.
  • Double the size of the Met’s Status Dogs Unit and seek tougher sentences for those using dogs as weapons in Greater London.

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