Frontline Police cuts are unacceptable

An article in the Independent has revealed that nine out of ten police officers lost because of Tory Liberal cuts were to the frontline.

In Brent, we know this is true as we have lost Police Sergeants in Brent as all were made to reapply for their jobs so that spending targets could be met.

At a Brent Council Partnership and Place Committee Meeting I revealed that even losses to back office staff to the domestic violence team in Brent meant that frontline staff were spending time they would otherwise spend helping people, doing paperwork and desk office functions.

The anwers I received reveals that even back office cuts has a profound impact on frontline services.

Labour Candidate for the London Mayoralty Ken Livingstone has pledged to reverse Boris Johnson’s cut of 1,700 police officers.

Even Margaret Thatcher knew that when times are hard, there should not be cuts to Police because crime usually goes up in a recession.

The Tory Liberals are failing to learn from their own idols.

Crackdown on serial graffiti vandal

An ASBO has been given to a graffitist who has been the culprit of eyesores in Dudden Hill, Willesden and Kilburn – as well as on the tube and rail networks. His graffiti damage has cost Brent Council more than £1,800 to clean up.

If any residents have issues regarding anti-social behaviour they should call the Brent Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0300 123 1212 or Brent Anti Social Behaviour Team on 0208 733 3932 or 0208 733 3940.