Neighbourhood Panels (16)

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Metropolitan Police Service issued Practice Advice in September 2005 to provide "Guidance on Setting Up and Maintaining Neighbourhood Panels". It is noted in the guidance that "The panel must decide if the councillor should have a role in deciding the priorities as their involvement may politicise the outcome".

Why are the powers to direct priorities of the MPS greater for those appointed by the police service than for MPs?


Answer for Neighbourhood Panels (16)

Answer for Neighbourhood Panels (16)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Safer Neighbourhood panels do not direct the priorities of the MPS. Their function is to identify local crime and disorder priorities within their neighbourhood and to then work in partnership with Safer Neighbourhoods teams and partners to find solutions within an effective problem solving process.Safer Neighbourhoods teams are one portfolio within the Metropolitan Police and the very specific responsibility of these teams is to respond to the priorities of local neighbourhoods. Elected members have opportunities within other frameworks, at both borough and London level, to influence policing priorities.