Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bobbies off Their Beat ... Half of Met Police Live outside City

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bobbies off Their Beat ... Half of Met Police Live outside City

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent

NEARLY half of London's police live outside the capital, new figures show.

And most of those who do live in the city are resident in outer boroughs. It has raised concerns about the low number of police living among the communities they serve in inner-city areas.

Karen Buck, the Labour MP for Westminster North who raised the issue, said she knew of one officer who commuted from the Isle of Wight.

Of 33,105 Met officers, 16,766 (50.6 per cent) live in a London borough and 16,339 live elsewhere.

The most popular boroughs for police include Kingston, where 1,814 officers live, Bexley, (1,754), Bromley (1,303) and Croydon (1,118).

But only 64 live in Westminster, 41 in Islington, 24 in Southwark and 15 in Kensington and Chelsea.

The figures emerged in a answer to a question to Mayor Boris Johnson by Labour London Assembly member Murad Qureshi and Ms Buck.

An exodus is thought to have started in the early part of the decade when the Government introduced free rail travel for officers within 70 miles of the capital. …

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