The announcement that the Metropolitan Police are considering scrapping all 1,017 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in London is a huge cause of concern for all those committed to keeping our communities safe. With falling officer numbers and fewer crimes being solved after years of Tory police cuts, scrapping all PCSOs working in our communities would be the effective abandonment of neighbourhood policing.
We brought in these neighbourhood police teams to work directly in local areas, give confidence back to residents by making their streets safer and playing the important role of building trust between the police and communities. After already reducing the number of PCSOs in London by 4,000 and slashing policing in Lambeth by more than 20% since 2010, the Met and the Mayor of London need to reject this plan and look at providing more, not less, resources to keep our communities safe.
Cllr Jane Edbrooke
Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods