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Are borough command mergers the key to ‘real neighbourhood policing’?

28 June 2016

This meeting took place on 29 June 2016. Read the transcript here.

The Metropolitan Police - with the Mayor - is considering merging borough commands in a bid to save a proposed £60 million per year[1]. The Met Commissioner is in discussion with local authority partners and will make a decision this year.

How would the merger support the Mayor’s vision for ‘real neighbourhood policing’?

Will mergers mean a reduction in officer numbers and further police station closures?

In the first public Q&A session with the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee, the recently appointed Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden and Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey QPM will answer questions on the proposed merger and the following topics:

  • Operation Viper – led by the Met’s Trident and Gang Command to tackle gun crime
  • Westminster’s decision to switch off its CCTV
  • Mayor’s manifesto commitment for a review of London's preparedness to a major terrorist incident
  • Moped and motorbike enabled crime

The Deputy Commissioner and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime will also provide a short statement at the beginning of the meeting on their initial reaction to the EU Referendum result.

Every month the Committee publicly questions senior representatives from the Metropolitan Police and the Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime (MOPAC) on behalf of Londoners.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 29 June from 2.00pm in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. 

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

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Notes to editors

  1. Meeting of the Police and Crime Committee, 17 December 2015.
  2. Full Agenda papers.
  3. Steve O’Connell AM, Chairman of the Police and Crime Committee is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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