Water cannons for the police

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-06-19
Session date: 
June 19, 2013
Reference: 
2013/2204
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The Metropolitan Police's latest figures reveal that over 2,900 police officers have been cut since May 2010, despite the promise of an extra 1,000. Will you reconsider and also urge the government to alter their decision to consider buying water cannons for the police and use it to stop cutting the police budget by 20 per cent?

Answer

Answer for Water cannons for the police

Answer for Water cannons for the police

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received on 1 July 2013.

There is a joint approach to the police in London for national functions, such as any proposed use of water cannon.

There have been no cuts in budgeted police officer numbers. The MPS plans to recruit approximately 5,000 new officers over the next 3 years to achieve officer strength at around 32,000 by 31 March 2016.