A controversial merger of police units has caused Bexley to slip from being the safest borough in London.
Councillors claim the impact of the new Basic Command Unit, combining Bexley with Greenwich and Lewisham, has had a detrimental impact on the outer London borough.
Since the new structure went live, Bexley has fallen from being the safest borough to the third, then seventh safest, and now fifth.
The new basic command units were rolled out across London in November, bringing together single police units into joint operations for two or three boroughs.
The decision to merge units comes as Scotland Yard looks to save £325m by 2021/2022.
At a meeting this week communities’ cabinet member Alex Sawyer said the model was far from working for Bexley.
He said: “I hoped things might start to improve and we could look at it objectively and say there are benefits.
“It should be said it is not all bad – there is greater cooperation around gangs, but the simple fact is we have gone from the safest, to one of the safest, to the seventh and now the fifth. It is simply not acceptable."