Thursday 10 January 2019

Shepherd's Bush May Lose 48 Police Officers as Khan Cuts Bite

Fewer police in Shepherd's Bush?
There are fears that there will be many fewer police officers on the streets of Shepherd's Bush as a major City Hall funding scheme faces the axe by Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The so-called "Patrol Plus" scheme was launched former mayor Boris Johnson and currently funds 339 police officers in London - of which 48 are in Hammersmith & Fulham.

The way the scheme works is that it funds one new police officer for every one paid for by a local authority, and has therefore been nicknamed the “Buy One Get One Free” scheme.

Hammersmith and Fulham has 48 police officers as a result, many of which are now under threat. The threat to cancel the program has been heavily criticised by many, such as the leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Police cuts are especially worrying in the light of recent increases in knife crime, moped crime, and the general problems of petty crime and anti-social behaviour that are so pervasive in our neighbourhood. Check in at Shepherd's Bush Nextdoor and you will find many posts about crime, along with a general sense that the police are already overwhelmed.

LBHF were not available for comment.

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