The following exchange took place at the Home Affairs Select Committee in September 2012:
Mark Reckless: What is the lowest numbers of officers you expect there to be in 2015?
Stephen Greenhalgh: The worst case, the doomsday scenario is at or around 31,000.
According to the latest figures (for November, just two months after Greenhalgh’s appearance at the Commons) the number of police officers in London is 30,939.
In May 2010 there were 33,147 (a difference of 2,208).
Boris Johnson pledged an extra 2,000 police officers at the last Mayoral election – another broken promise.