Step Change and Public Expectations (Supplementary) [15]

Session date: 
December 10, 2003
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Sir John Stevens

Question

One of the issues I wanted to raise, and I think Elizabeth Howlett alluded to this, is that there is no commitment for extra beat officers under the Conservative proposals. But what happens if you do strip out resources from some of the essential services, such as the Serious Crime Squad, to fund community policing as Richard Barnes outlined and that we are all meant to be supportive of, although some of us do not want to pay for it?

Answer

Answer for Step Change and Public Expectations (Supplementary) [15]

Answer for Step Change and Public Expectations (Supplementary) [15]

Answered By: 
Sir John Stevens

The bottom line is that our delivery for anti-terrorism and specifically murders, which is the highest detection rate London has had at 94.2% at the moment, would deteriorate. We know that recommendations have been made after the Damilola Taylor murder and the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry for murder squads to be at a certain level. I also want to make absolutely clear to this Assembly that on behalf of professional policing, if any prospective Mayor says something I do not agree with on a professional basis I will say so. Let me be absolutely clear. On professional matters I will say my opinion. I am entitled to do that.