Street Pastors

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-06-19
Session date: 
June 19, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1929
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

On nights where pastors operate, 'police have reported a dramatic reduction in street crime, [for example by] 60% in Portsmouth'. In the spirit of volunteerism following the Olympics, would your office meet with the Street Pastors, whose presence and work is believed to have led to reductions in crime, especially around schools?

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Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): As usual, Tony, I completely support you in what you are saying. I think the Street Pastors do a fantastic job. We have met them. I launched the Street Pastors' conference, as far as I can remember, a few years ago. I have been out with them on the streets of London several times. I think they do a wonderful job. I know that they recently met the Team London people here in City Hall to see how we could help through Team London recruit people to become Street Pastors.

Tony Arbour (AM): I am grateful to you for that. I have asked the question really to draw attention to the success of Street Pastors in my part of London where we have a substantial night time economy, particularly in Kingston where these characters are very successful. They are endeavouring to roll out their programme across London. I am always loathe to ask for

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Money?

Tony Arbour (AM): indeed, assistance from the public purse but I think it is possible to demonstrate that the Street Pastors in fact, by preventing pressure on social services and preventing pressure on the justice system, are able to save the public substantial sums of money. It might be that if you were to encourage particularly borough commanders to see how in their own boroughs Street Pastors can relieve the pressure on police, that may in fact be reflected in a saving of public money and indeed a saving on the MOPAC budget. Therefore, I ask, as I say, quite uncharacteristically, that you consider that these very worthy people do receive something from the public purse.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): It is so rare, Tony, that you should ask for something from the public purse, I will make sure that MOPAC do look at what they can do to help Street Pastors. I cannot promise much but I certainly want to renew my commitment to supporting them and I express my appreciation and I am sure the appreciation of everybody here for the contribution that they make to safety and the friendliness of the streets of London after dark.

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