While Khan Blames Crime Wave on Cuts, Fall in Police Numbers Could Be Plugged by Redeploying ‘Hate Crime’ Officers
Sadiq Khan is blaming the surge in recorded crime on falling police numbers — but figures show the annual decline could be plugged by redeploying ‘hate crime’ officers from London alone.
The London mayor has suggested that the crime wave overtaking England and Wales — and Britain’s multicultural capital, in particular — is a consequence of falling police numbers, in an opinion piece published by the left-liberal Guardian.
Figures reported elsewhere in the newspaper do show a fall of some 930 officers over the last 12 months, to 121,929 overall — but this represents a reduction in total manpower of less than 1 per cent.
Meanwhile, recorded crime rose by 14 per cent overall across 44 police force areas in England and Wales — including a 32 per cent rise in domestic burglary, a 29 per cent rise in robbery, a 23 per cent rise in sex offences, a 21 per cent rise in knife crime, and a 20 per cent rise in gun crime.