I have made strong representations to the Borough Commander following the loss of Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team staff. Coalition and Mayoral cuts to police budgets are leading to recruitment freezes in police numbers which means that there are currently no plans to replace members of staff. I am therefore worried that given the loss of full time staff, residents in Dudden Hill may be permanently deprived of around 2,142 hours of frontline police hours a year. That is something I do not want for my residents. Our safety is not a price worth paying.
I am particularly concerned given the high crime rate in parts of Dudden Hill Ward – particularly the Church Road area which according to Metropolitan Police Crime Map figures had a crime rate of 21.12 in October 2010 which is more than double the 9.52 average crime rate in Brent.
I am fighting to make sure that Dudden Hill is represented and I am actively making a strong case to the Borough Commander to divert more resources for my ward.
A petition has been opened up by Labour’s Mayoral candidate hopeful Ken Livingstone, to which I am encouraging all Londoners to sign. LINK
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, is proposing to cut police jobs in London by 455. All of this despite the fact that during his 2008 election campaign, he canvassed that cutting crime would be his top priority. But what he said and what he is doing by cutting police jobs differs a great deal.
During the 2010 Local Election campaign it was an issue that residents were already feeling disgruntled about when I was on the doorstep campaigning. I made it known to residents that your vote in the London 2012 elections is going to be crucial for London’s future, even more so than your vote in this years’ local election.
In the last few months, there has been a series of burglaries in parts of Dudden Hill, and residents weren’t best pleased with what Boris Johnson is proposing.
What’s more is that there is no sense in making these cuts. Yes, we are under increasing financial pressure from Central Government, and the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives nationally are chopping our services left, right and centre, but the Home Office budget for London policing has actually increased! BORIS HAS NO EXCUSES!
People in Brent have voiced their concerns to me and it’s great that Ken has taken the initiative to drive this petition forward. Last month, Ken officially launched his campaign to be the Labour Party candidate for the 2012 London Mayoral elections. His staunch opposition to Tory and Liberal Democrats cuts to our services and his vow to protect Londoners from these cuts is one of the reasons why I will be backing Ken to be our candidate for the 2012 London Mayoral elections.