The Government’s tough but necessary actions to bring down the deficit have meant that recruitment to the Met had been frozen. Thanks to Boris’ allocation of new money, this freeze will be lifted from Monday 14 February.
Mike Freer MP said, “Boris’ move means a boost in full-time police officer numbers and most importantly that Barnet’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams are protected. Governing in these difficult economic times means making tough decisions, but Boris has shown that he will deliver what is most important for our area and our city.”
The funding boost will result in London having approximately 32,510 uniformed police officers by May 2012. An additional 413 officers will be allocated onto the transport network as a result of the increased spending. Youth crime will also be targeted, with an additional 70 police officers working in schools.