Borough commander would ‘love’ more police officers but does not know how many of the proposed 500 new officers will be coming to the area

Chief Superintendent Jason Gwillim speaking about about the murder of 85 year old Rosina Coleman, af

Chief Superintendent Jason Gwillim speaking about about the murder of 85 year old Rosina Coleman, after he lay flowers in her memory on Friday afternoon. - Credit: Archant

Tri-borough commander Jason Gwillim has said he would “love” more police officers in his command, but does not know how many will be pledged by the Mayor of London.

Back in February Sadiq Khan committed to investing an additional £110 million into the Metropolitan Police in the next year, and £5 million of it would be spent on recruiting additional officers.

Last Friday (May 18) on an interview on LBC, Met Commissioner Cressida Dick revealed that the funding would be used to recruit 500 new officers, and Chief Superintendent Jason Gwillim told the Recorder that he will be working with figures such as Romford MP Andrew Rosindell to work out where any new officers would be placed across his command.

Chief Superintendent Gwillim said that the force is facing some budget cuts, but that it is good news that money has been pledged towards new officers.

He said: “It is good news for the Met, but there will be a lot of factors to consider to how many new officers will be allocated across the boroughs.”

“Of course I would love more officers but it isn’t that simple.”

He said that where the new officers will be allocated isn’t just down to the areas that have the most recorded crime.

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According to the commander, factors such as the proposed amount of development within the area and the new Elizabeth Line are among the issues that could affect how many new officers come into his command.

The work of specials officers and PCSO’s was plauded by the commander who said if he was given any more officers he would be pro-active with placing them in areas that needed it the most, rather than deploying them after a crime had been committed.

Following the death of a 24-year-old in Barking on Friday (May 18) Ch Supt Gwillim said that 18 additional officers from both specials teams and community support teams were called in to patrol the area incase another incident occurred following the stabbing.

Other pledges from the Mayor of London in his annual budget included:

- £49 million to be raised by a 5.1 per cent council tax increase. This will be spent on combatting knife crime, a two pc police pay increase and boosting officer numbers.

- £55 million raised from business rates income so the Metropolitan Police do not have to borrow the amount previously planned for investing in police buildings and new technology.

- This will lead to a £3.3 million annual saving in interest payments that will be spent on improving support for those taken in by the police with mental health problems.

-£5 million to be spent on recruiting additional police officers in the coming year.

-From 2019-20, he will invest an additional £59 million annually raised predominantly from business rates income to support an extra 1,000 police officers than would otherwise be affordable by using income raised from business rates.