The Mayor of London this week announced that he is allocating an extra £15m in his budget for next year to boost police resources and help officers tackle knife crime.
Sadiq also said he will consider if any additional income raised from council tax and provided to the Mayor by the capital’s local authorities can be invested in youth services across the city and other initiatives that help combat knife crime.
Issuing his draft budget today for the entire Greater London Authority Group, Sadiq confirmed that the cash injection is part of a new additional £49m pot of funding that will be made available to the Metropolitan Police over the next year.
In addition to the £15m to combat knife crime, £20.1m will be allocated to cover the cost of a two per cent police pay increase in 2018/19. The remaining £13.9m will be made available to the Commissioner to invest in officer numbers and to step up the fight against crime this year and next.