18 new police officers would be put on local streets under plans unveiled by the Conservatives.
Although crime has fallen nationally, it has become worse locally, with moped crime a growing problem.
The Conservatives have proposed hiring extra officers – including four new officers across NW3 – under the Metropolitan Police’s ‘buy one, get one free’ match-funding scheme.
Under this scheme, for each officer Camden pays for, City Hall pays for another. This would mean Camden is kept doubly safe for just one thousandth of Camden’s annual budget.
Conservative councillors have proposed this each of the last 6 years, but it’s been voted down by Labour and Lib Dem councillors every time.
Hampstead Town councillor Oliver Cooper said, “These officers would be dedicated to patrolling local streets: tackling crime, deterring criminals, and keeping residents safe.”
The Conservatives are also committed to undoing the merger under which Camden’s police are controlled from Islington, so that local policing reflects local priorities.