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Information about Safer Neighbourhood Police teams in London.

Labour introduced dedicated Safer Neighbourhood Police teams in London. The programme began its phased roll out in April 2004, and in April 2006 the remaining teams were put in place.

The future of local police teams is at risk from the Conservative mayor.  At Mayor’s Questions Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to guarantee the future of the minimum deployment of neighbourhood teams, saying it is a ‘one size fits all’ policy and describing it as ‘a pointless piece of top-downery.’

And under Boris Johnson police numbers in London are being cut by a total of 455 officers. Over his four budgets Boris Johnson will oversee a decline in the total number of police officers for London.

Labour introduced dedicated Safer Neighbourhood Police teams in London. The programme began its phased roll out in April 2004, and in April 2006 the remaining teams were put in place.

Safer Neighbourhood teams consisting of a minimum of one sergeant, two constables and three police community support officers (PCSOs).

The teams are permanent and work at a grass roots level in addition to London’s other policing teams and specialist units. Safer Neighbourhoods teams are assigned, in most cases, according to the boundaries of each of London’s 624 electoral wards.

All 624 neighbourhood wards across the capital now have their own dedicated Safer Neighbourhoods team – around 20 teams per borough.

The future of local police teams is at risk from the Conservative mayor: at Mayor’s Questions Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to guarantee the future of the minimum deployment of neighbourhood teams, saying it is a ‘one size fits all’ policy and describing it as ‘a pointless piece of top-downery.’

Under Boris Johnson police numbers in London are being cut by a total of 455 officers. Over his four budgets Boris Johnson will oversee a decline in the total number of police officers for London. 

More Information:

Labour policy on crime and justice: www.labour.org.uk/policies/crime-justice-and-immigration

Labour policy on Anti Social Behaviour: www.labour.org.uk/policies/tackling-crime

Tory risk on policing & crime: www.labour.org.uk/policies/conservative-risk-criminal-justice

Safer Neighbourhood Team facts: www.met.police.uk/saferneighbourhoods/about.htm

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