The Metropolitan Police Authority, which approves policing levels, says Waltham Forest has the required number of police, despite concerns from council leader Chris Robbins

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THE Metropolitan Police Authority has said Waltham Forest has enough police– despite council leader Chris Robbins' plea for extra officers.

Following an internal Met report, Cllr Robbins said the borough is about 120 officers short of what it needs combat crime more effectively.

But a Met Police Authority spokesman said: “There is a regular workforce planning meeting where borough numbers are closely managed and monitored and all business group are represented.

“There has been no request for additional police officers either from the borough commander or territorial policing.

“Waltham Forest is at or near the number of police officers they are required to have at this time.”

The numbers of police for each borough are calculated using a complex “resource allocation formula”.

Cllr Robbins believes Waltham Forest has been short-changed in its number of officers because it is still classed as an outer London borough, despite having comparable crime profiles to Newham, Hackney and Tower Hamlets, all of which have 200 more police officers than Waltham Forest.

Cllr Robbins has said that he fears criminals may see Waltham Forest as a “soft touch” in the run-up to the Olympics unless the situation is rectified.

Waltham Forest acting borough commander Sue Williams said: “It is our duty to provide the best possible service to the public and this includes being visible on the streets and in your neighbourhoods to prevent crime from happening in the first place.

“As such we would always welcome additional resources in order to tackle priority crime and to work with communities to address local concerns."

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1:59pm Wed 12 Aug 09

walthamforester says...

Why do we have an acting Borough Commander? Is Benbow on holiday or has he left the borough?
Why do we have an acting Borough Commander? Is Benbow on holiday or has he left the borough? walthamforester
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2:30pm Wed 12 Aug 09

NT says...

“There has been no request for additional police officers either from the borough commander or territorial policing".

Why not?

Has the Council been asleep?
“There has been no request for additional police officers either from the borough commander or territorial policing". Why not? Has the Council been asleep? NT
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2:45pm Wed 12 Aug 09

Techno2 says...

The MPA is not run by its anonymous spokeperson. Will WFG please name and shame this ignorant person.

On any given day you can see scores of crimes taking place in Walthamstow. Organised and opportunistic criminality and anti social behaviour goes un checked - for which many people consider insufficient arrests or other efforts are made. Putting PCSOs on the streets instead of real police is not making much impact.

Ms Williams meanwhile offers nothing but more of the same. This spin does not solve the problem. It ignores the above-ave3rage crime figures. It is the kind of answer which leads to even official measures showing shameful levels of public disatisfaction with the local policing situation. I would really recommend that the MPA and the local police leadership take heed of the Mr Robbins, whose views are not too far out of tune with the public mood on this one. It will only take a couple more serious failures, like when the police recently give an attempted rapist many hours in which to flee before they responded (due to a yet to be properly explained shortage of officers)and this scandal will get to career-breaking levels.
The MPA is not run by its anonymous spokeperson. Will WFG please name and shame this ignorant person. On any given day you can see scores of crimes taking place in Walthamstow. Organised and opportunistic criminality and anti social behaviour goes un checked - for which many people consider insufficient arrests or other efforts are made. Putting PCSOs on the streets instead of real police is not making much impact. Ms Williams meanwhile offers nothing but more of the same. This spin does not solve the problem. It ignores the above-ave3rage crime figures. It is the kind of answer which leads to even official measures showing shameful levels of public disatisfaction with the local policing situation. I would really recommend that the MPA and the local police leadership take heed of the Mr Robbins, whose views are not too far out of tune with the public mood on this one. It will only take a couple more serious failures, like when the police recently give an attempted rapist many hours in which to flee before they responded (due to a yet to be properly explained shortage of officers)and this scandal will get to career-breaking levels. Techno2
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