Lessons for London following Paris attacks

28 January 2015

This meeting took place on 29 January 2015. Read the transcript here.

In the event of an incident in London similar to the recent attacks in Paris, how would the Capital’s police respond?

Last week, Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, stated that at least £20 million more was needed to combat the increased risk of terrorism.

The London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee will tomorrow question the Met and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) about London’s response to the Paris attacks and whether our police force has the resources necessary to deal with this type of incident.

The Met had reduced its firearms capability in recent years, with numbers dropping from 2,897 in 2009 to 2,145 in 2014[1]. The Committee will ask if the number of authorised firearms officers should now increase. The issue of police protection for London’s Jewish communities will also be discussed.

The guests are;

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner

Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

The Police and Crime Committee will also question its guests about;

Online crime

London’s Local Policing Model

Stop and Search

Violence against women and girls.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 29 January from 10.00am 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 via webcast.

Notes for Editors:

According to a freedom of information request made by the Police Oracle.

Full Agenda papers.

Joanne McCartney AM, Chair of the Police and Crime Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.

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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