Transport Policing (Supplementary) [13]

Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can I carry on the point that Toby has raised with police presence on the Underground? What consideration is being given to recruitment and employment of police Community Support Officers (CSO), given that we know that they have been well-received and that it seems to us, certainly in the Labour group, that this sort of policing resource that would go down very well, especially on routes within our Inner London community.

Why I say that is if you look at the recruitment from within the Inner London boroughs in terms of ethnicity and gender to this new role of police CSOs, you will find that they are extraordinary in that they will soon be achieving parity with the population. Would it not be better if we could recruit police CSOs, who would increase the women's presence and women responding to other women in uniform, I would say, would be really good. Also, you would be able to actually increase ethnic minority involvement in the safety of their city.

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Answer for Transport Policing (Supplementary) [13]

Answer for Transport Policing (Supplementary) [13]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

: I cannot remember off the top of my head the exact breakdown between all police officers and police CSOs but there is a substantial police CSO presence within TOCU and that will be expanded next year as well. It does of course bring the benefit that it creates a much better mix in terms of reflecting London's population in terms of what people see in terms of their police force.