Hounslow Council has responded to policing cuts facing London by committing to fund 10 additional police officers.
Published: Friday, 12th January 2018
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan this week reminded Londoners of the real-terms cuts made to police funding in the capital, including £600 million worth of savings the Metropolitan Police Service has had to make in recent years.
Sadiq Khan highlighted that a third of police staff posts have been lost - including two-thirds of police community support officer posts, down from 4,607 to 1,591 - in addition to the closure of 114 police station front counters and 120 police buildings.
Hounslow Council reaffirmed its commitment to keeping residents safe by announcing an investment of £1,149,000 to fund one Police Sergeant and nine Constables for three years, to help deliver the Council’s priorities.
Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Protection and Enforcement, Hounslow Council said: “I’m extremely proud of our police force in Hounslow. They work tirelessly and passionately to tackle crime in our borough.
However, a police force cannot operate efficiently without adequate required funding behind it. Recorded crime is rising in London and the capital faces many challenges including the ongoing threat of terrorism and a growing population to protect.
As police funding across London takes a hit, here at Hounslow we are working to invest in what cannot be anything less than a priority.”