Borough Command Units (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
October 25, 2012
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
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We accept the view, which has been expressed by the Mayor, which we directly elected members, we take the view that the most important thing for our boroughs is that there is a designated chief officer of whatever rank who is going to be responsible for the borough. That is key to us. If the Mayor says that he is going to do that, we certainly accept that.

There is one additional thing that I want to raise with you in relation to this, is it not a fact that in many boroughs, certainly at night, in effect they operate as one? If I give you an example, two of my boroughs, Kingston and Richmond, at night, because of their peculiar geography, in effect act as a single borough. I would say, to my knowledge, this has been operating for years. There has never been a single complaint, there has never been a suggestion that on a particular night the chief officer happened to be the Kingston-based chief superintendent, on another night it was the Richmond-based chief superintendent, there was gratitude that there was a chief superintendent in charge. I would have thought that was a model to look at, but certainly we on this side think that the Mayor's undertaking is entirely appropriate, Chairman.

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Answer for Borough Command Units (Supplementary) [1]

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Craig Mackey (Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service): Just to pick up on that point, you are entirely right, that does happen. Clearly, some of the specialist assets are already controlled right across London and go where the need is. Boroughs will share those sorts of things. At a really practical level, having been out recently with an operational officer in North London, they regularly go across borough boundaries. It would be very strange if we said, 'they have made an arrest and there is a custody unit there, but by the way, your own one in your borough is 10 miles back the other way'. They do move around.