Crime is an issue of growing concern in London. There have been the headlines recently about the number of deaths, particularly of young people in the capital over the past year.
At local level there has been a myriad of crimes, varying from theft to
violence against the person.
The cry goes up what can be done about it? Well, it is not a coincidence
that as the government continues along a road that seems to be about decimating
the police as a public service, this must have some effect.
There has been £1 billion cut from the Metropolitan Police budgets, with
20,000 police officers being removed from the streets. This reduction in police
resources, has come at a time when the population is increasing, with the
demands on the police growing.
Some might suspect an idealogical motivation on behalf of the Conservative
Party regarding cutting the police. It is an approach they seem to take to a
number of our most precious public services. Keep cutting resources, so that
that service becomes so poor that the option to privatise can be more easily
In the case of policing, this agenda is something people really do need to
think carefully about. Do we want a society where those with wealth live in
gated communities patrolled by private security firms, whilst a sort of law of
the jungle operates outside those gates? It is certainly not the sort of
community that I would want to live in.
What is needed is to fully funded criminal justice system. The police need
to be given the resources so that they can deal with the problems of crime. But
the prison and probation services also need to be funded and run properly.
There is little point in incarcerating people, so that they can then come out
and commit more crime. There needs to be far more invested in a more holistic justice
system – not one premised on how much can be made out of it by the private
published Wanstead & Woodford Guardian - 12/4/2018
Wanstead & Woodford + Ilford Recordeer - 19/4/2018