Met considers proposals to axe all PCSOs as Government demands £800m of cuts
PUBLISHED: 16:54 09 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:54 09 September 2015
“There is a real question as to whether the police service as we know it will exist in ten years’ time” - Labour London Assembly member Len Duvall
Bromley and Bexley could lose all their PCSOs in what has been described as “the final nail in the coffin for neighbourhood policing”.
The Met, which is facing cuts of at least £800 million, is considering plans to axe PCSOs across the capital at its board meeting on Tuesday, September 29.
Labour London Assembly member Len Duvall, whose constituency includes parts of both Bromley and Bexley, said the cuts could see neighbourhood policing teams reduced to just a single police officer for each ward.
“Only three years ago there were six officers: three PCSOs, two PCs and a sergeant,” he said.
“This is the clearest sign yet that Government cuts are decimating London’s police force. It will be the final nail in the coffin for neighbourhood policing.
“It will mean far fewer officers on the beat and would leave just a single officer to police vast areas of the capital.
“With at least £800 million of expected cuts hanging over the Met, there is a real question as to whether the police service as we know it will exist in ten years’ time.”
Bromley has 55 PCSOs, out of more than 1,000 across the capital, and has already lost 104 since May 2010.
At the meeting the Met will consider options including cutting the number of PCSOs in London to 629, or getting rid of them all.