Police and Crime Committee

The Committee examines the work of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), which oversees the Metropolitan Police. It also investigates key issues about the police service including serious violence, front line policing, and counter-terrorism.

Every month the Committee publicly questions senior representatives from the Metropolitan Police and MOPAC – including the Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden.

Current investigations

Stop & Search - The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee is investigating how the use of stop and search has changed in recent years and how it affects the communities it polices.

The epidemic of violent crime in London - The Committee wants answers to why this upsurge is happening, whether policing tactics are working and what can be done to keep Londoners safe.

Prioritising common crimes - The Committee is looking into how common crimes affect the capital and how they can be tackled. On 19 March the Committee wrote to the Mayor with its recommendations.


Recent work

Police and Crime Committee's Annual Report 2018-19 

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee is a cross-party body. In 2018-19 it was chaired by Conservative Assembly Member Steve O’Connell. Read the Committee's annual report here

Tackling violence - 6 March 2019

Sophie Linden, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, and Sir Stephen House QPM, Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service, answered questions on topics including tackling the current spate of violent crimes. 

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Safer Neighbourhood Boards and Ward Panels - 12 February 2019

Safer Neighbourhood Boards and Ward Panels were established to bring policing closer to the community. The Committee quizzed representatives to discover if the system was working to 'decide local policing and crime priorities and solve problems collaboratively'.

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Recent actions

  • Wrote to Sophie Linden, highlighting its ongoing concerns about the Met’s ability to respond to sexual offences effectively, and calling on the Mayor and MOPAC to do more to address these concerns - 1 November 2019
  • Published a report on Hate Crime in London recommending how the Mayor and Met Police can tackle hate crime in London - 30 September 2019
  • Received a response from the Met Police following a Committee meeting on 3rd July 2019 - 3 September 2019
  • Responded to a review into the Met's child protection practices - 28 March 2019
  • Wrote to the Mayor seeking a review of local crime priority setting - 19 March 2019
  • Reacted to the announcement of £100 million to tackle knife crime in England - 13 March 2019
  • Responded into the HMIC's final report into Operation Lynemouth - 12 March 2019
  • Received the Mayor's responses to the Committee's VRU recommendations - 8 March 2019
  • Issued statement on the link between exclusions and violent crime - 7 March 2019
  • Sought answers to a weekend of violence which saw two young people killed - 5 March 2019
  • Published a report on Mental Health & Policing recommending improvements in the way the police deal with people with mental health needs - 6 February 2019
  • Responded to the Mayor's move to tag knife crime offenders - 11 February 2019
  • Reacted to the Home Secretary's announcement of knife crime prevention orders - 31 January 2019
  • Responded to national statistics on knife crime - 24 January 2019
  • Welcomed the appointment of a lead for the new Violence Reduction Unit - 14 January 2019

In the news

Contact the Police and Crime Committee

Please note: the Committee cannot intervene in individual cases or complaints against the Metropolitan Police Service. If you have a complaint about a specific incident with the police, you should first contact the Metropolitan Police so it can carry out an investigation. More information on how to make a complaint can be found on the Metropolitan Police website here. You can also find out more about police complaints from the Independent Office for Police Conduct here.”


If you have a media enquiry relating to the Committee please contact:     

Communications Officer: Aoife Nolan[email protected] 020 7983 4067

If you have a query about the Committee and its work please contact:

Scrutiny Manager - Janette Roker, [email protected], 020 7983 6562

Senior Committee Officer -  Teresa Young, [email protected], 020 7983 6559                       

To speak to the Mayor's Office about Policing and Crime, please contact 020 7983 4000

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Committee meetings

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