This week Romford Labour’s Press Officer Peter Wheelband writes for The Enquirer.
“Being a policeman or policewoman isn’t easy.
The job description requires you to work in partnership with the communities you serve to maintain law and order, protect members of the public and their property, prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life for all citizens. Or to put it another way, put your life on the line every working day.
Since the Conservatives came to power in 2010 the Met Police has had £850 million cut from their budget, resulting in 3230 fewer police officers and 3381 fewer community support officers. These cuts have come about because of the government’s austerity policies. Unfortunately Romford’s Conservative M.P Andrew Rosindell has voted for these cuts.
As a direct consequence of this reduction in resources crime is rising and detection rates falling. Figures from the Met Police website show that in the financial year 2016/17 Havering had 17,706 reported crimes with 2,861 solved satisfactorily. In the next twelve month period 2017/18 reported crime jumped to 18,921 (up over 6%) and the solved figure fell to 2,279 (down 20%).
One particular Ward in Havering (Brooklands) has seen over 1600 burglaries since 2010.
That works out at roughly one every two days which is the highest in the borough.
Labour’s Dagenham and Rainham M.P Jon Cruddas has started a petition called: “Calling Time on Crime”.
It asks for the government to invest more in policing and requests a new strategy/approach to take into account and prioritise high crime areas in London. Jon has always voted against police cuts and this is the type of action we should expect from our elected M.Ps.
My son is 22 years of age. After serving in the British Army for six years he is now halfway through his training to become a police officer with the Met Police. As a parent I’m immensely proud of him.
All I ask is that he and his fellow officers get the resources they need to do their job and keep us all safe.
Simply put, you can’t protect the public on the cheap.”