The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, made a cut of £38 million to the staffing budget of the Metropolitan Police by not increasing the number of Met officers from 31,000 to 32,000.
Sadiq Khan promised to meet the 32,000 Met officers target set by Boris Johnson, the former Mayor of London. So, when it was revealed that he would keep officer numbers at 31,000 over the 12-month course of his first budget, Mr Khan was accused of rowing back on a key pledge.
Sophie Linden, the deputy mayor for policing and crime, was quick to proclaim that Westminster government cuts to police funding made it hard to increase to the number of police officers in the capital. Eleven days later – as our website reported – Sadiq Khan would reiterate that criticism of the government for underfunding the Met.
Since the beginning of the 2010 Conservative-Liberal coalition government, the Metropolitan Police force have had to find £1 billion in savings. The new commissioner of the Met is known to be a significant opponent of these cuts herself.
The political opponents of Sadiq Khan – such as the questioner – appear to have sympathy for the argument against the level of cuts to the Met expected by central government. However, opponents would also argue that Mr Khan’s failure to find the money for an increase in police officers from a total budget of £15 billion, indicates that his spending priorities are poor.
Read more about Sadiq Khan at The Glass Gonad.