Extra police constable for every London ward by end of 2017, vows Sadiq Khan
PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:24 22 July 2016
Most wards only have on PC and one PCSO
Bexley and Bromley are set to have a new team of police constables across all of their wards, following an announcement from the Mayor of London on Thursday.
Sadiq Khan has promised to put an extra police constable in every London ward by the end of 2017.
Bromley has 22 wards, meaning 22 PCs could be brought in within the next 17 months, while Bexley could see 21 constables introduced.
By Christmas this year, 260 new ward officers will be in place across all boroughs.
The Labour mayor said: “As mayor, the safety and security of all Londoners is my first priority and this starts with real neighbourhood policing.
“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.”
The newly dedicated ward officers will be drawn from existing non-dedicated neighbourhood roles, and will be ‘ring-fenced’ from being called away to other duties.
Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “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.”