Neighbourhood Panels (17)

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".

As Mayor do you agree with this discretion to bar local Councillors because of risk of politicisation?


Answer for Neighbourhood Panels (17)

Answer for Neighbourhood Panels (17)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Current guidance does not bar councillors from involvement in Safer Neighbourhoods policing and, in fact, it welcomes their involvement. However, the MPS have informed me that the intention of the current guidance is to ensure that local communities are able to make decisions about local priorities without the process being overly politicised. Composition of panels should be determined on a local level and the involvement of councilors decided in liaison with the community and agencies working with Safer Neighbourhoods in order to determine the most effective structure to support neighbourhood policing and a reduction anti-social behaviour, disorder and crime.