Westminster is no stranger to crime. Reported offenses in the heart of London are running at almost twice that of nearby Camden or Islington. To make matters worse, crime in Westminster has increased by ~14% in the past year.
It is no surprise, then, that residents are concerned about police budgets and plans to extract even more savings out of an already overstretched police force.
The Conservative government in Westminster has imposed cuts of up to 17% on policing since 2010. And the Mayor of London, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, plans to force through a merger of Westminster police command with that of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham. This would result in a tripling of response times in areas piloting the scheme.
Additionally, police numbers are at an all-time low and the number of Community Support Officers has been slashed, leading to less safe London streets.
The Liberal Democrats oppose the relentless Conservative and Labour squeeze on our critical police forces. The party pledges to support the growth of the police force across Westminster and allow for the Metropolitan Police to maintain its access to critical policing databases that are at risk due to Brexit.