Your local Labour councillors are leading efforts to protect police services whilst severe Tory/Lib Dem cuts threaten to undermine community safety.
Our nearest police station at Cavendish Road was shut ‘temporarily’ whilst the Metropolitan Police prioritised protecting the Olympics but has not re-opened and fears are growing that it may stay closed.
Police officer numbers in Lambeth have fallen by 20% – from 1,038 in March 2010 to 846 at present – that’s a loss of nearly 200 officers since the Tory/Lib Dems took over. That means our ward has lost the support of about 10 police officers.
Meanwhile BBC London is reporting that another 6,000 Met Police officer posts and 2,000 civilian staff jobs could go due to cuts of £500 million being imposed by the Tory mayor of London and Coalition government.
Labour Lambeth has been trying to soften the impact of the police cuts by paying for extra community support officers and tackling the causes of crime and anti-social behaviour.
Your local Labour councillors have protested about the police numbers in Thornton Ward to the Lambeth borough commander and other senior officers.
Councillor Ed Davie, who represents the ward on the local police panel, said ‘We are proud that Thornton has the lowest level of reported crime in Lambeth but are concerned that these Tory/Lib Dem cuts combined with the double-dip recession they have created could make our streets less safe. We will do everything we can to maintain the officers who protect us and to promote crime prevention measures.’