Police cutbacks will see wards share a sergeant

By Louisa Emery on October 21, 2011 5:23 PM |

aa-police.jpgDrastic cuts to police numbers in East London will mean safer neighbourhood teams in some boroughs will have to share a sergeant.

London Assembly member for City and East John Biggs said this was a cut too far by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

He said: "This comes on top of the cuts the mayor has been making to the police for the last two years and there's a real risk that our streets will now start to feel less safe.

"Safer neighbourhood teams have been one of the Met's big success stories and the sergeants are an integral part of that. The mayor's making the wrong cuts and should think again."

Earlier this year the mayor announced the number of sergeants heading up safer neighbourhood teams would be almost halved, from 630 to 330 and those affected were revealed today.

Wards in Newham, Tower Hamlets and Barking and Dagenham will lose sergeants.

The number of police officers in London has been cut by nearly 2,000 in the last year with East London losing 112 officers.