Hackney Lib Dems have welcomed the news that Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Head of the Metropolitan Police has committed to keeping Police Community Support Officers. This means a u-turn from announcements earlier in the year that the support officers would be cut across London.
Pauline Pearce, London Assembly candidate and Hackney Lib Dem Police and Crime Spokesperson, comments:
“Our streets will be safer with these bobbies on the beat and I welcome the decision by the Met not to axe community policing.
“Liberal Democrats across London have been campaigning to save Police Community Support Officers from these cuts. The petition the Lib Dems launched was signed by thousands of Londoners who wanted to keep local neighbourhood policing.
“I am delighted that the Metropolitan Police have seen sense and that Police Community Support Officers will be maintained in London and not cut as planned."