Hackney Labour’s lead on crime and community safety, Sophie Linden is urging residents to back the council campaign calling for the return of 100 police officers to the borough.
The council has launched an online petition calling on the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to reinstate 100 of the borough's officers who have been taken out of Hackney since 2010.
Over the past five years the Met Police has taken 170 officers across a range of roles. In 2010 there were 770 allocated to the borough, compared with about 600 today.
This 22% cut is by far the largest when compared to equivalent boroughs and now, for the first time in many years, certain types of crimes are rising, particularly offences of violence and theft. The fear of crime is also rising.
Overall crime in the borough has fallen by 34.7% since 2002, equating to 13,000 victims. However, the 2014/2015 crime statistics show that this long-term reduction in crime is at risk. There was a 26% increase in Violence with Injury, an 18% increase in Criminal Damage, and the downward trend in Robbery almost plateaued. The Met's Public Attitudes Survey reports a rise in the percentage of Hackney residents who are 'worried' about crime- from 24% (2010) to 38% (2014).
Cllr Sophie Linden urged residents to get behind the campaign and sign the petition. She said:
"We know that there are more swinging cuts coming down the line. Hackney has already unfairly lost out. The cuts to the number of police officers in Hackney is putting at risk the long period of crime reduction in the borough.
"The formula the Met used to allocate officers short-changed Hackney at the time and a lot has changed since then. It needs to change its strategy for Hackney. Residents don't want these short-term increases to become a long-term trend that will put their safety at risk."