Transport Policing (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A question about multi-agency working: there are quite a few areas around London Vauxhall Cross is one of them, just as an example, and Crystal Palace is another where there is a plethora of agencies transport police, TOCU, TfL, Southwest Trains, Network Rail, Lambeth Council, border councils involved in trying to manage the environment and the crime around often transport interchanges. Is there a better way of doing it because it does seem to me that frequently the common complaints that we get are at the places where the agencies meet, or in fact do not meet, and issues fall between the gaps and there are rows between agencies about who is responsible for what. Is there a way of focusing good multi-agency working around these sites? Vauxhall Cross is just one of many examples.

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Answer for Transport Policing (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Transport Policing (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I think in the long term all policing in London should come under one agency. It is a nonsense to have the City of London Police, British Transport Police, the Royal Parks Police and so on. I think it is much better that there is one overall police operation. The multi-agency working is something that we need to bear down on. There is a real problem with borough councils in many areas.

I have had complaints about the quality of street cleansing by Lambeth around Vauxhall Cross, which is sad because we have invested a vast amount to actually make that a more attractive place for people to travel through and I will be taking that up with Lambeth Council. It might be that in their reductions the administration there has actually neglected to provide the resources to keep the area just looking clean. That grubby, rundown look them attracts the criminals, making people feel vulnerable.