London’s Met Police have been cut twice as deeply as Theresa May’s local police force since she became Home Secretary in 2010.
Official statistics show that the Met Police workforce was cut by 21.6 percent between 2010 and 2017, compared to just 9.1 percent for the Thames Valley police force which covers Theresa May’s constituency of Maidenhead.
The figures cover the full police workforce, including full police officers, police community support officers (PCSOs) and other police staff, amounting to a loss of over 10,000 personnel for the Met Police.
As Home Secretary Theresa May repeatedly said that there is “no simple relationship between police numbers and the level of crime”, but in 2006 told Parliament that she had campaigned for an extra PCSO in her own constituency, saying “we need more police on the streets but, failing that, we need more PCSOs. A recent petition that I and others ran in Woodley in my constituency got more than 600 signatures in favour of a PCSO there”.
A report leaked this week has now revealed that the Home Office admits internally that cuts to the police have “likely contributed” to a rise in violent crime.