Boris Admits 1,700 Police Jobs Lost In Two Years
Tuesday 24th January 2012
Boris Johnson has admitted that 1,700 police have been cut from Scotland Yard in the last two years.
But the Mayor of London insists that cutting crime is his biggest achievement. Labour says police cuts must be reversed as figures show muggings have gone up by 15% in the last year.
Boris Johnson's told Nick crime has fallen since he took office and he expects police numbers to rise again. Challenged by Nick on the fall in police officers, the exchange was:
Nick Ferrari: "You're down 1,700 in the last two years?"
Boris Johnson: "Numbers go up and down they naturally fluctuate as officers retire."
Nick Ferrari: "By 1,700?
Boris Johnson: "Yes, but as I've said to you many times now we will have more police on the beat at the end of this four year term than there were at the beginning."
The Mayor insisted that crime has come down under his stewardship, adding: "I really don’t want to go back to an era of waste and divisiveness that characterised the last mayoralty.
"Crime figures are down compared with Ken Livingstone and we’ve had to do it in the teeth of a recession. Crime has come down more than 10% overall. Murder is down almost 25% since I’ve become Mayor. I’m very proud of that. That’s because of more police.
"We’ve done this by negotiating very hard with the Government…That’s how we’ve been able to fight crime and keep crime down in a very considerable way. There are going to be about 1,000 more police in May than there was when I began. There are about a million more patrols."
Mr Johnson's also responded to an LBC 97.3 poll which showed him behind Labour candidate Ken Livingstone in the race to be Mayor.
He says its up to him to convince people he has done an effective job and can contiune to do so.