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Police numbers down, burglaries up: coincidence?

Almost 5,000 police officers, sergeants and PCSOs have lost their jobs in the Metropolitan Police since the Tories started their programme of cuts in 2010. The latest reorganisation and budget cuts have further reduced police numbers – potentially putting the safety of our community at risk.

The Conservative Mayor of London has cut the number of police in Orpington and, indeed, throughout Bromley.

Despite this, Bromley’s Tory councillors continue to follow the party line. They insist that the number of frontline police has not been cut. We suggest they look at their own figures, which show that the number of police officers in Bromley has gone down by 12%.

As well as losing officers, we’ve also lost the police station in Orpington –  and the police office in St Mary Cray High Street is open just three hours a week.

The establishment of Safer Neighbourhood Teams has been instrumental in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. Is it really just coincidence that since these cuts were imposed in September, the number of burglaries in the area has gone up?

Labour councillors will work closely with our local police to ensure policing priorities are focussed what local people want – and what affects them the most.

Our priorities for policing in Orpington are:

Please get in touch if you’d like to share your views – or let us know about a local issue you’re concerned about.

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