Boris Johnson will preside over a substantial decrease in the number of police officers operating in London it was revealed yesterday.
The number of 'Territorial' police officers is expected to decrease by around 955 between 2008 and 2011.
The cuts, highlighted by the Lib Dems during yesterday's chaotic proceedings are contained within the Met's three year business plan, and could lead to a real-terms drop in frontline officers.
Questioned by Dee Doocey, the Met Commissioner insisted that the decrease would be more than made up by a larger increase in the number of 'civilian' staff.
This 'civilianisation programme' would he assured the assembly, actually allow for more police to get out onto the beat.
However, Doocey insisted that this would be impossible, given that the new custody suites required to achieve this, are unlikely to be ready in time.
The possibility of a fall in police numbers was first picked up by this blog in July. Sir Paul Stephenson then admitted that Boris's real-terms police budget cut may have 'a marginal effect' on officer numbers.
At the time Boris Johnson's Deputy insisted that they would get a better performance from the police with fewer resources. Only time will tell if that is the case.