Crime figures (Supplementary) [16]

Session date: 
October 23, 2002
Question By: 
Richard Barnes
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Mayor, you have made some very interesting comments about re-examining police policy in the broad and in the main. All Home Secretaries who have been in charge of the MPS to date have measured their success by footfalls on the street. You have gone down that way with numbers targets, which you have declared at 35,000 and other people have talked at 41,000. I look forward to getting engaged in that debate. However, as Mayor, you have a number of other functions with regard to policing. You have a role in setting the Budgets and you have a role in leadership and building the confidence of London in its police force. Do you think it helps the debate when you make bold statements such as you feel safer in New York than you do in London?

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Answer for Crime figures (Supplementary) [16]

Answer for Crime figures (Supplementary) [16]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I think it represents the reality. New York made a major investment in a dramatic increase in police numbers from 28,000 to 41,000, a major investment in the COMSTAT crime monitoring system and that had the effect of reducing crime levels by 60%. It is the case. It would be absolute nonsense to say to Londoners, "You should feel safer on our streets than in New York" when clearly that is not the case. The street crime levels are lower in New York. It would be nonsense to tell people something that isn't true and it would just undermine their confidence. My objective is that we should achieve streets in London as safe as those in New York. It would be nice to go beyond but from where we are starting we would consider it a triumph to achieve the same levels of street crime as New York.