Riot policing (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
July 4, 2012
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


One last point, it is more of a reassurance for Londoners going forward, get through the summer, we have a safe and happy summer, but the police do have challenges around its workforce, around its budget. The Guardian report particularly was a very good report, and the HMIC report signposts problems go forward. I think it is important that we get out to Londoners that police numbers are at a record high, crime is going down, and that the town is safe under your jurisdiction.

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Answer for Riot policing (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for Riot policing (Supplementary) [5]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

That is exactly right. It is very pleasing to see the levels of extra security that people feel, but those are very dependent, I think everybody agrees, on getting the police numbers and fighting for the budgets that London is going to require. That does not mean that the work Kit [Malthouse] has done in the MPA, that what was done to reduce costs is not right, and Stephen Greenhalgh is going to lead that forward to keep getting value, but you have to fight for adequate funding as well.