Under Ken Livingstone London’s police numbers were the highest ever in its history. He introduced the popular neighbourhood police teams and crime fell. Now, within less than two years of becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to remove almost 500 police officers from London's streets. The Mayor’s budget can be viewed here.
Mayor Johnson has also announced his surprise resignation as Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority. This flies in the face of a key election commitment when he said “I will provide strong leadership by taking responsibility and chairing the Metropolitan Police Authority and using my influence to tear up red tape and needless form-filling, so we can get more police out on the streets.”