Undercover Officers (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


This raises a key question, does it not, Mr Mayor.  Do you feel that the Metropolitan Police Service is fit for purpose in its current form?


Supplementary To: 


Answer for Undercover Officers (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Undercover Officers (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I do.  I think that they do a fantastic job and that the proof of the pudding is in the eating, crime is down by I think about 7% just in the last year, over the last six years it is down by 12%, and across the board, except for some very specific types of crime, domestic violence, sexual abuse, where we are seeing increases in reporting, which may or may not reflect people’s greater confidence, you are seeing crime coming down.  That reflects hard work and professionalism of the roughly 31,000, as they currently are, members of the Metropolitan Police Service.


Roger Evans AM (Deputy Chairman):  The results you mention are creditable, however that does not address the issue here, which is about the manageability of the force for the Commissioner who is supposed to be in charge of it.  There was a very interesting interview with Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick in one of the broadsheets I think last week, in which she stated that she would not want to be the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service because she felt the job was impossible to do.  It is well worth you reading it and you might like to consider whether the Metropolitan Police Service is too large as an organisation and perhaps bits of it need to be broken up so that proper control can be exercised over all the parts of it.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  That is something that has often been proposed in the past.  I do not think it is right.  I think that Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe does a fantastic job, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, crime is coming down in every borough of our city and that is of massive economic benefit to London and it helps the quality of life for everybody.