Islington Labour councillors are urging the Tory Government to rethink its damaging cuts to police funding, which have led to a steep fall in officer numbers and damaged community policing on the ground.
The government’s cuts imposed on the police mean that Islington has lost 245 officers since 2010, a 30 per cent reduction. The Metropolitan Police’s budget has been cut by £600 million since 2010 and is set to be cut by a further £400 million by 2021.
Islington Labour councillors have criticised the Tory Government’s irresponsible cuts. They have launched a petition calling on the government to reverse cuts to police budgets.
Cllr Andy Hull, Executive Member for Finance, Performance and Community Safety, and Jennette Arnold OBE, Greater London Assembly Member for Islington, have also written to the Home Secretary to ask the government to end its swingeing cuts to the police.
Cllr Andy Hull, Executive Member for Finance, Performance and Community Safety, says: “Islington Labour takes tackling crime extremely seriously. The council is working closely with the police to address local issues and is investing, for instance in targeted youth work, to make Islington a safer place”.
“Moped-enabled crime is a serious issue across London and the Met Police is rightly treating it as a priority in our borough. The council is working in partnership with the police to identify those committing it and is urging The Met to dismantle the organised criminal networks that this type of criminality supports. However, the police could prevent and solve such crimes much more effectively if the Tory Government stopped its relentless police cuts.”
The council is working to prevent young people from becoming victims or perpetrators of crime by focussing on early intervention to reduce risk in children’s lives. Through a pioneering action plan, it is expanding the effective multi-agency work of its Integrated Gangs Team to deter young people from getting involved in gang activity and to tackle ‘county-lines’ drug dealing. It is also investing an extra £2 million in targeted support for the young people most at risk of becoming involved in crime.
The council has also invested in CCTV across the borough, with its £2 million state-of-the-art CCTV control centre being used to support the police in tackling and preventing crime on a daily basis.
Local people can report antisocial behaviour on the council’s ASB phoneline by calling 020 7527 7272. Calls help to build an evidence base for the council so that it can request targeted activity by the police. In an emergency, residents should call the police on 999.