Police numbers will be one of the issues of the forthcoming London mayoral election. This table is copied straight from the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) website. The MPA is an independent body and these figures can be trusted by all sides of the debate I think.
Warranted police officer numbers never fall below the level inherited from Ken Livingstone’s administration. PCSO numbers drop 12%. This is more than compensated for by a more than doubling of special numbers. Specials are warranted police officers with powers of arrest that PCSOs do not have.
Adding up total MPS staff inherited from the previous administration and projected numbers in election year next year you will find that overall numbers will be up 10%.