Statement on Crime
I am immensely proud to serve as the MP for Harrow West and to serve the community I grew up in. On a daily basis, I speak to residents from across Harrow, covering a whole range of issues from the NHS, Universal Credit, and Brexit.
Unfortunately, due to the notable incidents in Harrow, I have been contacted by residents concerned about the increase. Understandably, residents are anxious about this. As a resident of Harrow, I share these fears.
The Metropolitan Police has lost £600 million from its annual budget since the Conservative Government took power. If proposed plans are followed through with the Met will need to find another £400 million in savings. We in Harrow have seen these cuts in action, losing 173 police uniformed police officers from our streets since 2010. As well as a reduction in services at South Harrow Police Station.
I have continuously raised the issue of underfunding of our Police and the threat this causes to our community. Violent crime in Harrow has increased by 60%, and it is no surprise that this increase correlates to the reduction in police officers on our streets. I am in regular contact with senior members of the Metropolitan Police to discuss resource allocation, policy, and operations. Making the case for greater resources for Harrow, to keep our streets safe.
During the summer, I went on a ride along with the Police, so I can see first-hand what the Police face on a daily basis. It is clear that the Police are doing a fantastic job at keeping our community safe, but they’re struggling by a lack of resources.
The best and most effective way to contact me on any issue, including Crime and Policing issues, is not through social media, but by contacting me on 020 7219 4243 or on firstname.lastname@example.org .