Music Venues Taskforce

Policing the Night-Time Economy

Date published: 
15 March 2016

London's is becoming a truly 24-hour city.

The current Mayor has shown a commitment to growing the capital’s Night-Time Economy (NTE) by proposing the appointment of a ‘Night Mayor’ and progress has been made on the introduction of the Night-Tube service.

A report published by the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee‘Policing the Night-Time Economy’ – assesses the challenges associated with policing London’s growing NTE, in particular the extent to which crime linked to alcohol consumption puts pressure on policing resources.

The report makes a number of recommendations, including:

  • The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) should lobby the Home Office for the introduction of a national definition of ‘alcohol-related’ crime.
  • MOPAC should examine whether changes to licensing arrangements in London could alleviate any identified pressure on policing.
  • The Met Police and MOPAC should review the demand that the NTE places, and will place in the future, on borough-based policing.
  • NHS England should press for the sharing of information between London hospitals and the Met to be a mandatory requirement, to help inform crime reduction responses.

Read the report below