Policing the Night-Time Economy
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