City Hall holds Met and justice partners to account

27 September 2016

City Hall is to hold regular public meetings to hold the Metropolitan Police Service and criminal justice partners to account, and ensure everything possible is being done to meet the Mayor’s priorities and objectives and to keep Londoners safe.

The first of these new public meetings will take place tomorrow (Wednesday 28th September), at 10am in the City Hall Chamber, when the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, will question the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

The ‘Policing Matters’ meeting will consider a concerning rise in crime including gun crime over the last year; crime rates by area; and what more can be done for the most vulnerable Londoners and to improve confidence in London’s communities.‎

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, said: “Keeping Londoners safe, and improving services for victims of crime, is the Mayor’s first priority. Building trust and confidence between the police and the communities they serve is absolutely essential. These public meetings provide a forum to discuss what is working and what is not, and help us to shape the future of the Met and the Criminal Justice System in a way that reassures Londoners that the police are out there on the streets to protect them, and reduces the impact of crime on Londoners."

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime will host the Policing Matters and Justice Matters meetings at regular intervals throughout the year, bringing in the Metropolitan Police Service, criminal justice agencies and other key partners to discuss the issues that matter to the safety of Londoners.

Notes to editors

Journalists wishing to attend Wednesday’s Policing Matters meeting should contact policing@london.gov.uk or call 020 7983 4716

Dates and times of Policing Matters and Justice Matters meetings will be published at www.london.gov.uk/MOPAC

The Policing Matters meetings will be webcast so Londoners can watch live or at any time from their computers or mobile devices. To access City Hall webcasts, please visit: https://www.london.gov.uk/media-centre/mayoral