Dangerous Dogs

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2009
Reference: 
2009/0485
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What steps have you taken since our meeting on 12 November towards addressing the problem of dangerous dogs in London?

Answer

Answer for Dangerous Dogs

Answer for Dangerous Dogs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I recognise the very real problem posed by dangerous dogs. After discussion with my Deputy Mayor, the MPA has approved the establishment of an MPS specialist status dog unit, consisting of a sergeant, five constables and a member of police staff. This unit will commence operation on 2 March 2009. The unit will provide a single point of contact internally and for partners, an enforcement role through intelligence led deployments/tasking, and a source of expertise to support the criminal justice processes. The RSPCA is actively supporting the unit.

The London Dangerous Dog Forum (LDDF), chaired by the MPS, brings together animal welfare, local authority and other partners to address London-wide concerns. The LDDF will promulgate good practice, and develop problem-solving approaches. The GLA is working with the LDDF to bring together data from a range of agencies to develop targeted work in the areas of London with the greatest problems.

My Deputy Mayor has also met with RSPCA to discuss a coordinated effort with them to bring about legislative change.