Stop community policing cuts!

This week, London’s Labour Mayor announced plans to merge Lambeth's police force with that of Southwark, putting the policing of the two boroughs under the responsibility of one Borough Commander. Merging the police forces will mean fewer police, slower response times and less community reassurance. 
Lambeth needs its own police force.
This merger comes hot on the heels of the Labour Mayor's closure of police front counters across Lambeth, including in Streatham and Kennington. Both measures combined will distance the Met from the communities it serves, undermining its ability properly address crime and anti-social behaviour in partnership with local stakeholders.
We can't stand by and let that happen.
These drastic changes to local policing come as the Tory Government is forcing the Met to make further savings of £325m by 2021. This means that by April, London will have just 30,000 police officers on the streets. The number of officers in Lambeth is already down from 806 in 2015 to 695 in 2017. With violent crime on the increase across London, this move is inexplicable and irresponsible.
Stop community policing cuts! 
"We call on the Mayor of London to provide a local police force for Lambeth that is adequately resourced and accessible to the community it serves."

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