Borough Command Units (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
October 25, 2012
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 

Question

Obviously you have quite a bit of flexible working between boroughs and within your own service. Are you looking at more flexible working with shared services involving the other emergency services?

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Answer for Borough Command Units (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Borough Command Units (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 

Craig Mackey (Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service): Yes, if we can, it would be a very good idea, and I speak from a background in previous roles elsewhere of being heavily involved in the rollout of the first two joint emergency services control rooms in the United Kingdom (UK), which were in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. We are looking and talking to other emergency services. I think the reality is, as you see budgets contract over a long period of time, we will see some innovation and creativity that we have probably not been able to get through before. Absolutely talking to our colleagues in fire, the chief fire officer has talked about their plans, we have agreed to share our plans, and look where there are really sensible synergies to come together, because I think that is what the people of London would expect of us.

Roger Evans (AM): Yes, so in cases, for example, where you have to close a police station and the public-facing counter, which is a thing people are concerned about, and we have the undertaking of the Mayor, which I think is quite important, that will be re-provided, would you consider using the fire station or local council buildings?

Craig Mackey (Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service): Yes.

Roger Evans (AM): It would be more than two days down at Sainsbury's with Nectar points, which is the thing that has been suggested.

Craig Mackey (Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service): I am not aware the MPS is giving Nectar points now as well, but

Roger Evans (AM): It would seem like the logical development.

Craig Mackey (Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service): Absolutely look at those sorts of things, and many of us who have come into London to work have come from environments where that was quite normal, to have front counters in ambulance stations, having ambulance, fire and police in the same base, it is about what works for the community.

Roger Evans (AM): It seems to me like a natural synergy, but there has been resistance, resistance, resistance, over a long period of time to doing this with the Metropolitan Police Service.

Craig Mackey (Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service): From personal experience, I do not underestimate the resistance you get in all three organisations. It would be wrong to say the police are perfect, we are not on that.