Liberal Democrats concerned at risk to community policing


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Crime in Ealing and Chiswick has been one of the hot topics over the past six months as many have had violent crime in their streets. Fear of crime has led to residents writing to myself about many criminal related matters.

Across London there has long been a scheme where London boroughs work together to fund additional police offices. The current scheme, which is called Met Patrol Plus, allows London boroughs to share equally the cost of extra police officers, using a model of ‘Buy One Get One Free’ – which is a 50 per cent discount. They can also agree where these extra officers will patrol, often in town centres and priority areas.

However Labour's Mayor of London is not backing a new scheme called Partnership Plus, which will only offer a discount of around 20%. London boroughs will be expected to pick up the remaining cost of the police officers. Most Councils have little cash so the number of police will fall. The Met is also not providing any assurance that police officers funded by local councils will even be kept within their boroughs.

Councillor Gary Malcolm, Liberal Democrat Ealing Leader, said: "London needs to put the community in control of community policing, but this risks doing the very opposite. Personally I fear many London councils may now walk away from the scheme entirely, leading to fewer police officers, especially in areas where local communities wish to see them located."


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