Sanction detection rate (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Len Duvall (AM): Mr Mayor, it is even worse than that and I am grateful for Tony Arbour and Conservative colleagues bringing this question to the table. It is even worse than that and I will just go back to Track My Crime. What will happen is, when you go and track your crime, 44% of people are saying there is no crime being investigated because it has been screened out. There is another side of the argument and that is screening out crime being carried out by the Metropolitan Police Service. So, on 5 May, the Sunday Times - one of your best friend's newspapers, Mr Mayor - reported that the Metropolitan Police Service screen out more than 44% of their offences. So, if you then look at the sanction detection rate and look at the crimes they are investigating, it is even worse than, Mr Mayor, you are saying it is.

Of those screened out crimes, which should be a concern for us all, are assaults causing injury, 6,892 offences not followed up with any investigation. Of course, Mr Mayor, one of the things that would be of concern to you is 3% of sexual offences, 207 (not rape because rape or murder is not screened out), were screened out. This is potentially open to abuse but, even more so, the majority of thefts are not being investigated properly other than by this screening out process. Also increasingly worrying under your watch, Mr Mayor, not only am I going to have fire appliances coming late to any arson attack if I happen to be a victim of that, but 45% of arson attacks are screened out and not investigated.

So the question to you, Mr Mayor, is why is the Metropolitan Police Service screening out the highest proportion of offences compared to other forces in England and Wales and we still have a lower sanction detection rate, and then what are the steps you are going to take? Do you not think you should be reviewing your policing plan and being a bit more hard in terms of these issues that we are tackling at the moment?

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Answer for Sanction detection rate (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Sanction detection rate (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I understand why the focus is on issues like the screening out and sanction detection rates and the level of cautions now because actually the key figures are very positive and very encouraging for what the Metropolitan Police Service is doing. I do not think there is any evidence that screening out is taking place at any higher level than it was in the past. There is no evidence that this has been going up. It is always the case that when a victim is unable or unwilling to provide details or there is no corroborating evidence or whatever, then a case will not be proceeded with. That has always been the case. There was a particularly troubling business with the Sapphire Unit in Southwark, as Members of the Assembly will recall. That was addressed speedily in a ruthless way. That did require proper attention.

I cannot do better than to tell you that MOPAC has set the Metropolitan Police Service some very challenging targets of a 20% reduction in crime. They are now on target to achieve that. I mentioned international comparators just now. London is now one of the safest big cities in the world. That is a tribute to the work of the Metropolitan Police Service. You sort of interjected just now when I talked about neighbourhood policing. Actually, London is unlike any other city in Britain in that we are hiring more police officers. We are hiring 5,000 police officers over the next few years and there is a huge opportunity for employment in that service