Crime figures (Supplementary) [13]

Session date: 
October 23, 2002
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I share your scepticism about an academic approach to the next Mayoral Election and I suspect you won't be leading that either, but you are right about the need for public education in terms of understanding the debate, not just simply a crude numbers one. What I am saying to you is that in your position and with your undoubted ability to communicate, you are in a uniquely good role to lead that debate. What I am asking you to do, instead of talking about 35,000 by 2006, is to start talking about operational police measures, effective policing, the use of the police resources rather than just the numbers.

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Answer for Crime figures (Supplementary) [13]

Answer for Crime figures (Supplementary) [13]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am happy to do all that. All I would simply say is that I think you can grab headlines very easily but it doesn't necessarily mean that you get an informed debate. To get the sort of informed debate you want is not something that is in my gift. What are our chances of persuading the Evening Standard to run a series of detailed articles explaining this, helping to guide the public to understand it? What are our chances of getting a national media, where even the southern editions barely mention London, to give any serious work to this? I see there is another letter in the Guardian today complaining that there is already too much debate about London's forthcoming Mayoral Election. Nobody else cares about it outside. Given that we have only got, at the best, half-hour regional news programmes on TV, we are limited.

I can guarantee, having just seen the first proofs of the new Londoner paper - that members will be pleasantly surprised to see this as serious communication of information for Londoners - and over the issues, as they roll out every two months, we can make sure that the issue of policing and police numbers and how we get a proper operational way of defining and measuring police on the streets, is a part of the educational process that we use the Londoner for.