Reduction in Police Constables under Labour

Newly published government figures show the number of special police constables employed by the Met has fallen by 57% since 1997. Special constables are voluntary uniformed police officers and assist regular police officers in frontline policing duties. But to reverse this decline, the Conservatives have now pledged that special constables should be paid an annual allowance, in the same way that Territorial Army reservists are paid.  

Conservative Councilor Nigel Fletcher said:“Special constables play a vital role in neighbourhood policing, especially in providing a welcome uniformed presence during the day and night.  But specials, like full-time officers, are being overwhelmed with bureaucracy, paperwork and falling morale. “The Conservatives pledge to reverse this decline, not just by cutting police  paperwork, but also by paying special constables an annual allowance - just as we do with  army reservists. “On top of this, we would fund over 8,000 more police officers on the beat across the whole of London, including Greenwich, cut the political correctness which creates red tape, and give local communities a greater say on where police resources should be focused.”

Police Station sell-off

It has recently been confirmed that Shooters’ Hill police station is to be sold off during 2006. The building which has been used by serious crime officers for some time is being sold off as part of a Metropolitan Police sell-off programme aimed at getting rid of 200 buildings worth about £900m. It is expected that police stations will be replaced with street kiosks, offices in council buildings or booths in supermarkets. Local Conservatives believe that returning Shooters’ Hill to a fully operational police station will be more beneficial to the community than kiosks and booths. We need a greater police presence not a declining one.