London’s police officer numbers fell to lowest levels since 2003

14 October 2019

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s (MOPAC) 2018-19 annual report revealed that at the end of 2017-18, police numbers in London fell below 30,000 for the first time since 2003[1].

​​​​​With crime rates still one of the biggest challenges for the Met Police, what’s being done to ensure that they have the right resources to protect Londoners?

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee will discuss these issues tomorrow during a Q&A session with MOPAC and the Met. 

Other topics to be discussed include:

  • HMICFRS Peel Report
  • Tackling violence against women and girls
  • Keeping children and young people safe
  • Standing together against hatred, intolerance and extremism
  • Preparations for a no-deal EU exit and the implications for policing in London


The guests are:

  • Sir Stephen House QPM, Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC), MOPAC

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, 15 October at 10am in the Chamber, 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 the webcast and on our YouTube channel.

Follow us on Twitter @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyPolice

Notes to editors

  1. https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/mopac_ar_18-19_final.pdf
  2. Read the agenda papers.
  3. Unmesh Desai, Chair of the Police & Crime Committee is available for interview. 
  4. Find out more about the work of the Police & Crime Committee.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


For media enquiries, please contact Aoife Nolan on 020 7983 4067.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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