Stephen Morgan, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Orpington, today issued a challenge to the Conservative candidate in Orpington to say where they stand on Conservative mayor Boris Johnson’s failure to protect the neighbourhood police guarantee that ensures every neighbourhood in London has a minimum Safer Neighbourhood Team of beat officers of one sergeant, two police constables and three PCSOs to patrol local streets.
Stephen Morgan, Labour candidate for Orpington, said:
Here in Orpington we rely on the safer neighbourhood police teams to work with local people to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. Since their introduction they have made a real contribution to Orpington, but Conservative mayor Boris Johnson’s refusal to guarantee that each of these teams will continue at their current strength and dedicated to their local area shows that the Conservatives cannot be trusted with frontline services. I am challenging the Conservative candidate in Orpington to say where he stands on the Tory mayor’s failure to protect the neighbourhood police guarantee for police teams in Orpington.
Alan Johnson MP, Labour’s Home Secretary said:
Labour will ensure that frontline policing is protected but the Conservatives won’t match this guarantee. The Conservative threat to frontline services is shown here in London where the future of local police teams is at risk from the Conservative mayor Boris Johnson. We are issuing a challenge to every Tory candidate in the capital today to say where they stand on Conservative Boris Johnson’s failure to protect the neighbourhood police guarantee.
Tessa Jowell MP, Minister for London said:
Every ward in London currently has a minimum Safer Neighbourhood Team of beat officers comprising one sergeant, two police constables and three PCSOs to patrol local streets. Boris Johnson is cutting police numbers and has quit as chair of the police authority. Londoners are entitled to know from every Conservative candidate in London whether they back our safer neighbourhood police teams. The mayor refuses to guarantee they will continue to be based on their existing form. The Conservatives would threaten the safety of our streets by refusing to match our commitment to frontline policing.
Under questioning from the London Assembly at Mayor’s Questions Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to guarantee the future of the minimum deployment of neighbourhood teams, saying ‘I have no intention of imposing a one-size-fits-all model across the whole of London’, and describing it as ‘a pointless piece of top-downery’.