Waltham Forest Police Force is set to merge with Newham under plans unveiled by the Labour Mayor of London. This comes as the Metropolitan Police, who have already made savings of £600 million, are forced by the Conservative Government to make £325 million of savings by 2021.
Conservative cuts mean that the number of police officers in London will fall to just 30,000, with the number of officers in Waltham Forest already down 10%. This 'one size fits all' approach is not good enough – Waltham Forest needs its own police force.
The partnership between Waltham Forest Council and the police means our borough has excellent local policing. This merger puts all of that at risk as resources in Waltham Forest would be diverted to higher-crime areas like Stratford, leading to fewer police officers, slower response times and less community reassurance.
With violent crime on the increase in London, this move is inexplicable and irresponsible.
Back our campaign to ask the Mayor to reconsider and keep our police in Waltham Forest.