Opinion: Making sure capital is ready for Brexit

PUBLISHED: 08:30 18 January 2020

Unmesh Desai AM will work to make sure Barking and Dagenham gets its share of extra police officers.

Unmesh Desai AM will work to make sure Barking and Dagenham gets its share of extra police officers.


Last month’s election result will have significant implications for all of London’s diverse communities, which are already bracing themselves for the impact of Britain’s pending departure from the EU.

From City Hall, I will play my part in ensuring that the capital is prepared by continuing to defend workers' rights, such as the minimum wage and health and safety regulations, argue for stronger environmental protections and stand up for our security services.

However, it is reassuring that after a decade of damaging cuts to the Met Police, the first of an extra 1,369 police officers will be out on the streets of London this year. I will of course be lobbying the Met to ensure that Barking and Dagenham gets its fair share of these new officers.

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It has also been positive to see the Met placing a renewed emphasis on working in schools as part of a long-term prevention approach to tackling violent crime, increasing the number of schools officers in the capital from 468 to 600.

A dedicated officer for each secondary school will make a huge difference in ensuring that the right interventions are made early on to prevent the most vulnerable young Londoners from becoming caught up in the grip of crime and gang activity.

Over the last year, we have seen City Hall's Violence Reduction Unit, its public health approach model, begin to take shape and bring agencies from across society together to lead the fight against youth violence.

Finally, I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and I wish you all the best for the New Year.

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