Crime Reduction Targets

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2002-11-13
Session date: 
November 13, 2002
Reference: 
2002/0264
Question By: 
Richard Barnes
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Toby Harris

Question

Has the Metropolitan Police Authority set an ambitious enough street crime reduction target (0% increase in 2002/03 across the Met, including a 10% increase in Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kingston upon Thames, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth) given the efforts made by the police and the priority accorded to tackling this crime by the public? .

Answer

Answer for Crime Reduction Targets

Answer for Crime Reduction Targets

Answered By: 
Toby Harris

Given what we know now about the success of Operation Safer Streets, the government help with the street crime initiative and the changes in legislation made to mobile phones, we may well have set a more ambitious target than a 0% reduction in street crime for the MPS for 2002/3.

At the time of setting the plan (February and March this year), the MPS was facing a 38% rise in street crime, Operation Safer Streets was in its infancy and the effects were unknown, as were the government initiative and mobile phone legislation. MPA members, at a full Authority meeting, therefore agreed that a 0% increase was an achievable but stretching target for the MPS.

Legally, once Policing Plan targets are set, police authorities cannot change them. Also, to change targets during the year would be sending mixed messages to the MPS over what we wanted them to achieve.

Performance against Policing Plan targets is continually monitored by the MPA during the year. We should congratulate the MPS for achieving more than asked of them and are now looking at how they can achieve other targets in relation to burglary, autocrime and customer satisfaction.

The table that was submitted showing streetcrime by borough is available with the minutes for this meeting on http://www.london.gov.uk/approot/assembly/assemmtgs/index.jsp#65 .