Sadiq Khan talks to police officer

Can policing in London cope? Mayor and Commissioner answer questions

20 December 2017

2017 has been a challenging year for the Met Police.

While crime in London remains lower than a decade ago, it is rising.

Offences in the 12 months to October 2017 were up just over 6 per cent compared to the previous year.[1]


The Mayor has called for an increase in police funding for London.  He believes “the slice of the pie that policing receives is too small” and that the police grant needs to be increased.


The types of crime contributing to this rise are changing. ‘High harm’ offences—such as sexual exploitation, knife crime and serious violence—have come to the fore.


At a full meeting of the London Assembly tomorrow, Assembly Members will ask these questions and more:

  • Challenges and opportunities for policing in 2018
  • Anti-knife campaign for young Londoners
  • Reform of the Met

The guests are:

  • Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
  • Cressida Dick CBE QPM, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, Met Police

Following this, Assembly Members will submit motions on various topics.


The meeting will take place on Thursday, 21 December from 11:00am 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 LIVE via webcast or   YouTube

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #LondonPolicing


Notes to editors

For media enquiries, please contact Alison Bell on 020 7983 4228.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officerNon-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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