May 21 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The Metropolitan Police could be incapable of providing an effective service within three years, it has been warned.
That is according to a report by Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) about the impact of budget cuts on services around the country.
Almost 6,000 fewer officers are expected to be on the beat in three years, as a result.
But Scotland Yard has not yet presented a plan for dealing with proposed cuts.
High-profile policing operations including the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic Games have brought more pressure on budgets.
Sir Denis O’Connor, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, said: “The essence of it is they’ve got a £233 million gap.
“They’ve already got plans to take over £500 million out, so this is on top of that.
“It will obviously start after the Olympics.”
Scotland Yard should draw up by autumn a strategy for balancing budget cuts with policing the streets, said Sir Denis.
“I think the Met has got to come up with a plan by the late autumn, because if you’re going to take money out you actually have time to do it otherwise it becomes very, very clunky.
“They have declared an absolute determination... that they have a plan.
“It’s appropriate to give them some space to do that. We would all rather this was done well, rather than done badly.”