Special Constables

MQT on 2012-12-19
Session date: 
December 19, 2012
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In your 212 Election Manifesto you pledged to increase the number of Special Constables (MSCs) to 10,000, this promise is repeated in the Police and Crime Plan headline document. However, MOPAC's budget proposals plan for numbers of Specials to remain at 6,667 through to 2015/16. Why is this?


Answer for Special Constables

Answer for Special Constables

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The original pledge for 10,000 Special Constables was part of the delivery plan to ensure a safe and secure Olympics. It was based on Special Constables working an average of 16 hours month (the minimum requirement). In practice Special Constables have worked in excess of the 16 hours minimum this year.

To date, this year we have recruited some 525 MSCs with a further 975 scheduled to join by 31 March 2013.

I intend to keep the target number of Special Constables under regular review. I also intend to work with the MPS to increase the opportunities for the people of London to volunteer in a much wider range of roles as part of our overarching volunteer strategy.