Extra Police Officers

MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


2. Can you let me know, by Borough, how many extra police officers there are on the streets since May 2001, and what steps have you taken to ensure they are deployed in areas of greatest need?



Answer for Extra Police Officers

Answer for Extra Police Officers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In my budget for 2001/02, I provided resources for an additional 1,050, police officers; modernisation of MPS information technology systems; continuation of volume crime initiatives; and increased use of DNA testing to solve crimes. In addition to meeting the cost of implementing these priority areas, my budget for 2002/03 has been framed to provide resources to:· Increase the number of police officers engaged on operational policing by a further 1,200, with the recruitment of black and ethnic minority officers as paramount;· Deliver a modern enforcement strategy for London's buses and taxis in partnership with Transport for London · Continue to provide a package of measures addressing recruitment and retention issues for civil staff· Implement the first tranche of efficiency and effectiveness reviews and continue to undertake a programme of independent reviews with the aim of achieving savings to fund future police service developments The allocation of police resources within London is a matter for the MPA and MPS. The number of officers assigned to each individual borough has been determined by means of the Resource Allocation Formula, which was approved by the Metropolitan Police Authority in December 2001, following extensive development and consultation. The whole idea of the new formula is to ensure that police resources are targeted at boroughs with most need. Proposals include demand, need and the resource requirements of maintaining the infrastructure to run basic policing services. These measures should lead to police resources being targeted effectively to those areas with the greatest need. My officers will keep me appraised of the situation. .