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Last chance to speak out on crime and policing in Lambeth

A public meeting will be held in Clapham on Monday, March 18 to discuss why the borough needs 100 more police. The event is being held just one week before the Mayor of London announces his plans for policing in London, so the event will be a final chance for residents to make their voices heard.

Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth council leader, said: “Lambeth has already lost more than 200 officers over the last two years, the biggest cut of any London borough. We need an adequately policed borough to make sure crime continues to fall. One hundred extra officers will simply mean Lambeth gets a fair deal.

“Safety is Lambeth resident’s number one concern and this meeting will give people a chance to share their opinions about policing in the borough and send their messages direct to City Hall.”

The event at Clapham Library in Mary Seacole House, Clapham High Street from 7pm will feature display boards where people can write personal messages to the Mayor of London. Residents will also be able to make short films about their experiences of crime in Lambeth and their opinions on the borough’s policing needs. The material from the meeting will then be presented to Boris Johnson.

Cllr Peck and Councillor Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Neighbourhoods will both speak at the meeting.

Cllr Hopkins said: “We believe in neighbourhood policing and want to make sure there are enough police on the streets of the borough to keep people safe. That’s why Lambeth needs 100 more police officers.”

For more on the Mayor of London’s policing consultation visit www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-and-crime/community-engagement and for more on Lambeth’s 100 More Police campaign visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/CommunityLiving/CrimePrevention/100MorePoliceForLambeth.

The Mayor of London’s figures show police officer levels in Lambeth have been cut by 20% between May, 2010 and December 2012, the biggest percentage cut of any borough

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