Visible policing (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
February 22, 2012
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


It is absolutely vital we do recognise the fact that the police numbers are going up under your mayoralty, but my residents will be very concerned what we do with those numbers, as opposed to just a pure number count. I am reassured, particularly in one of my boroughs and I would like your support on this. In previous years I would go into part of the police station, it would be awash with back office staff doing probably very good things. Under leadership in local boroughs, under political leadership, I now go into that office and I see one or two staff. What I think we should be recognising is the fact that we are getting the numbers out on the streets, not behind desks and that whilst you are increasing the numbers it is about deployment, it is about leadership, it is about ensuring that the police are out on the streets doing the job that is expected of them. Mr Mayor, could I ask you to continue urging the leadership of the Metropolitan Police to ensure that the officers are deployed out on the streets where they are required, that the Safer Neighbourhood Teams, as heard earlier are out on the streets, single patrolling, being deployed properly? Because, yes, numbers are going up under you, which I think we should celebrate, but equally under your leadership and the leadership of the new Commissioner is the officers that they have already got are being deployed increasing on the streets where they are expected by the residents.

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Answer for Visible policing (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Visible policing (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Yes, absolutely right. I just remind you that under this mayoralty we have put another, I think it is, 673 uniformed officers on transport. A large number of those are funded by TfL budgets. You have to ask yourself what would happen to that support from TfL if you had a crazy plan to cut TfL budgets. You would have another pressure on visible policing. I do not want to see that.

Steve O'Connell (AM): Lastly, I welcome on behalf of my residents your commitment and support to the Safer Neighbourhood teams under the model of government managed by a sergeant, two officers and three PCSOs. Again, I would urge you to ensure that those teams become more visible and are used not just for reassurance, which I think is absolutely first class, built up over a period of years, but increasingly as a crime prevention tool on our streets.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Absolutely right.