Today the Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has published a report on policing saying that the Metropolitan Police Force ‘requires improvement’ and that its effectiveness in protecting people vulnerable from harm and supporting victims was rated ‘inadequate’. This is very worrying. The full report is online here.
The report also says that the Met’s investigation of crime and management of offenders requires improvement. The report found that progress in completing risk assessments for registered sex offenders is too slow and that neighbourhood teams have limited knowledge of these offenders locally and do not monitor or collect intelligence about them routinely.
I have today written to the Borough Commander for Southwark to raise concerns. Over the past seven years under Coalition and current Government, police forces have seen huge cuts to funding which has clearly had a knock-on effect on the ability of forces across the country to provide the service people need. It has been found that there are 700 fewer detectives than the Met requires. Southwark has lost 200 police officers and PCSOs since 2010 with people’s safety and security being undermined in a rush to make ‘efficiency savings’ that leave crimes under-investigated, prosecutions dropping and areas feeling less secure.
My letter to the Borough Commander is below and I hope reassurances can be given.