Sadiq Khan promises 24 extra police officers for Croydon
London mayor Sadiq Khan has promised to put a new police constable in every Croydon ward by the end of 2017.
All 24 of the borough’s wards will receive an extra dedicated officer, in a bid to strengthen relations between Londoners and their police officers.
At the moment there is just one dedicated PC and one dedicated PCSO in most wards.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “As Mayor, the safety and security of all Londoners is my first priority and this starts with real neighbourhood policing.
“Today, I am very pleased to be able to announce the first significant step towards this, with a second dedicated PC in every London ward.
“Our local officers should be known both to the community and by the community. Their local knowledge helps to prevent and detect crime, and they are the local eyes and ears of our security services.
“They are essential to improving trust and confidence in our police and keeping our communities safe.”
260 of them will be in place by Christmas and the new officers will be drawn from existing non-dedicated neighbourhood roles.
Commissioner Hogan-Howe said: “I’m delighted that we have agreed with the Mayor that we can start to increase the number of dedicated ward officers in the next few months.
“I have long said that neighbourhood policing, and the strong links it gives us to our communities, is the bedrock upon which all our work is based – that’s why we increased the numbers of officers working in our neighbourhood teams in recent years.
“Today’s announcement of more dedicated ward officers means that those links can be strengthened even further.”
What do you think of Sadiq Khan’s plans? Is it right for the officers to be spread across Croydon? Or should the wards where the crime rate is higher be prioritised and given more than one extra constable?