|Assembly Member Welcomes Delay in Decision on PCSO Cuts|
But Murad Qureshi warns that policing's future "remains at grave risk"
London-wide Labour London Assembly Member Murad Qureshi has welcomed the Met’s decision to push back a decision on the fate of all London’s Police Community Support Officers, or PCSOs.
The delay from the Met comes only a week after the Commissioner warned that the scale of police funding cuts were “worrying” for the capital saying: "We’ve got options on how to make savings but with that scale of savings none of them are attractive."
" Despite this stay of execution for PCSOs it's clear the future of local policing in the capital remains at grave risk.
" We cannot be complacent and will be spending the next two months making the case for neighbourhood policing in the capital.
" There is no doubt that Government cuts are putting great strain on the police force, it’s time the Home Secretary understood that the decimation of neighbourhood policing is not a price the London public are willing to pay."
The two options which were due to be considered by the Metropolitan Police Management Board were:
Retain 629 dedicated ward PCSO posts.
Remove all Neighbourhood PCSO posts.
According to the PCS Union there are currently 1,017 safer neighbourhood PCSOs in the capital.
You can see a webcast of Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe discussing the options here.
You can read the Police and Crime Plan, detailing plans for reducing costs here.
October 9, 2015