Following the recent revelation that Boris Johnson’s policing figures were not actual figures but had been ‘adjusted’, local Labour Assembly Member Len Duvall has called into question the accuracy of the information given to residents on the number of police officers in Bromley.
Currently, information on the number of police officers is made publicly available through the Mayor’s London Datastore but this information differs from that being used by the Mayor in his public consultation.
Labour GLA members are supporting a call for the UK Statistics Authority to clarify the matter.
The figures published by the Mayor on his website and separately in the Policing Consultation for Bromley are based on a police strength of 428 in 2011. However, the Mayor’s London Datastore says police strength was 493 in 2011.
The Mayor forecasts police strength will increase by 54 in 2015 but using figures in the Mayor’s London Datastore forecasts police strength will decrease by 11 in 2015
Local Labour London Assembly Member Len Duvall said:
“We know that 69 police officers have been lost since May 2010 in Bromley. According to the Mayor Bromley will be getting 54 by 2015 to replace some of those that have been lost. In fact it looks like we’ll lose 11 overall by 2015.
“It now appears Boris’s plans for the future of the Metropolitan Police are based on dodgy stats. Boris either knows these figures are wrong or is deliberately misleading the public.
“Residents have been consulted by Boris on the future of policing in Bromley. It is vitally important that the information given to people is absolutely watertight and there is no confusion. We need to get to the bottom of what is going on as transparency is vital to building public trust in this whole process.
“If the Mayor cannot explain where his figures have come from then what confidence can Londoners, have in his future plans? I am backing calls for the UK Statistics Authority to investigate so we can get to the bottom of this.”