Over 1,000 people have signed Sutton Lib Dems’ petition to “Save Sutton’s Police” in the 24 hours since it was launched.
Cllr Ruth Dombey, Lib Dem Leader of Sutton Council, said:
"We’ve been overwhelmed by the immediate response. The fact that so many residents have already supported our campaign shows how strongly local people oppose the plans of Labour’s London Mayor.
"Residents I have spoken to are outraged that this cut follows a wave of brutal Tory budget reductions that are now putting our community at risk. Enough is enough. Sutton is currently one of the safest boroughs in London and we will fight to keep it that way."
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"The Mayor’s announcement has raised many eyebrows in Sutton. Residents know that if the merger goes ahead, police resources will undoubtedly be diverted away from Sutton to Croydon. We need more, not fewer, police officers on our streets.
"I’d like to thank everyone who has signed this petition so far. Please encourage friends and family to add their name and show the Mayor how strongly we oppose his plans. There is still time for the Mayor to rethink his proposal. But we need to act now.
"Over 1000 people have signed the petition because they believe that Sutton needs its own police force."
Sutton’s Lib Dems are encouraging everyone to sign. Will you join them? Sign the petition here: www.suttonlibdems.org.uk/police.
The petition was launched after London’s Labour Mayor announced plans to merge Sutton’s police force with that of Bromley and Croydon, putting the policing of these 3 boroughs under the responsibility of one Commander.
These drastic changes to local policing come as the Tory Government is forcing the Met to make further savings of £325m by 2021. This means that by April, London will have just 30,000 police officers on the streets. The number of officers in Sutton is already down 10%.
The Liberal Democrats have called for an extra £300 million to be spent on community policing each year. This would enable an extra 10,000 officers to be recruited.