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'POLICE NEED ENOUGH FUNDS TO TACKLE SECURITY THREATS AND POLICE LONDON'S STREETS' - MAYOR

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London mayor Ken Livingstone has met with Metropolitan Police commissioner John Stevens and Metropolitan Police Aut...
London mayor Ken Livingstone has met with Metropolitan Police commissioner John Stevens and Metropolitan Police Authority chair Toby Harris to hear a report on the Met's operational approach to tackling street crime in the capital.

The mayor said: 'The simple fact is that the police are not getting enough resources to meet all of their obligations in the aftermath of the terrorist

attacks on 11 September. I am concerned about the affect of the new measures on London because traffic officers play a crucial role in deterring street crime and keeping London moving. New York has shown that deploying enough officers on the streets to crack down on offences like illegal taxi touts nets disproportionate numbers of rapists, armed robbers and drug dealers, significantly contributing to public safety.

`I want the police to be given adequate resources to both meet the security threat posed by international terrorists and properly police our streets. That means the government must recognise the contribution that the Met Police makes to national policing priorities and properly resource this aspect of their work.

'Tackling crime and the fear of crime is one of Londoner's main priorities. I want more police on the streets and the transport system dealing with criminals and reassuring Londoners that they are safe in their city. For my part I provided funds to recruit 1050 more police officers last year and propose to recruit an additional 1000 in my budget for next year.

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