The number of special constables, volunteers who patrol alongside paid officers, would double to 10,000 under plans put forward by Boris Johnson today.
In return for their service, Specials would pay 50% less for City Hall’s share of the council tax.
In the current tax year the saving would be worth £153.36.
The Mayor has also promised to maintain police numbers at their current levels and give victims a greater voice in setting local policing priorities and community payback schemes.
Mr Johnson has also vowed to lobby for “tougher sentences” for those using dogs as weapons in the capital and to maintain the Met’s efforts to tackle knife crime.
Speaking on Monday, Mr Johnson said he would “take London forward by further strengthening the police and driving a renewed focus on street policing to ensure the capital is one of the safest cities in the world to work and live.”
He added: “The choice at this election is between taking London backwards, and my plan to ensure we have the resources to maintain the extra 1,000 police officers I have put on the streets, so that London is not just safer, but also feels safer.”
Commenting on Mr Johnson’s crime manifesto, a spokesperson for Ken Livingstone said: “”Boris Johnson has tried repeatedly to mislead Londoners – claiming knife crime is falling, when the Metropolitan Police say knife crime is rising. Broken promises on knife crime mean broken lives.
“It’s time for a new approach which puts Londoners first. Ken is committed to reversing Boris Johnson’s police cuts and making Londoners safer on the streets and in their homes.”
Candidates for Mayor include Jenny Jones (Green party), Ken Livingstone (Labour), Lawrence Webb (UKIP) and Boris Johnson (Conservative). A full list of candidates can be found here.