Training for Water Cannon

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-01-29
Session date: 
January 29, 2014
Reference: 
2014/0239
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What is the estimated cost of a) purchasing, b) maintaining annually c) officer training initially and thereafter annually of the proposed water cannon for the Met.?

Answer

Answer for Training for Water Cannon

Answer for Training for Water Cannon

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The initial estimated purchase cost of each of the 3 water cannon from the German Federal Police is €35,000 (approximately £29,000). In addition to this, the costs of transportation, further testing, reconditioning and equipping the cannon with CCTV is £35,000 per vehicle. Annual maintenance costs have not yet been identified. There are currently around 290 MPS officers trained in the use of water cannon following their deployment to Northern Ireland during the G20. There is no additional cost in training further officers as this will be absorbed into the annual public order refresher training.

There will be a small cost in training instructors, however this is not known at this time.

MOPAC are currently running a public consultation exercise on the use of water cannon, which can be found at http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-crime/mission-priorities/water-cannon.