A recruitment freeze by Boris Johnson will lead to over 1000 fewer officers in the Metropolitan Police Service this year alone, the London Assembly have warned.
Figures unearthed by the Budget and Performance Committee show a predicted reduction of over 1000 officers between March 2010 and 2011 with more expected in the years to come.
The reduction is caused by a recruitment freeze which began in February this year.
The number of officers funded by third parties such as TfL is also set to reduce by around 25% over the next three years following government cuts.
The Met hopes to replace the 1000 warranted officers lost this year with an increase in the number of unpaid "Special Constables."