Local Policing Model (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A key part of local policing is the Safer Transport Teams who work closely with the Neighbourhood Police to ensure the bus network and transport hubs are safe.  I understand in the next few weeks the Metropolitan Police Service will announce that the Safer Transport Police and the Traffic Police are to be merged into a Road and Transport Policing Command and as a result, we are looking at facing major cuts to police and PCSO numbers in the Safer Transport Teams.

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Answer for Local Policing Model (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Local Policing Model (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor




Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  For example, I understand in Richmond it is likely we are going to see cuts to PCSOs from 14 to four and in Sutton I hear we could be losing a sergeant, a PC and 11 PCSOs.  Are you aware of this and do you support these changes and cuts to frontline Safer Transport Teams?


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Again, you have to cut your coat to suit your cloth.  I am not aware of the exact redeployments that you are talking about.  What I do know is that we made an absolutely priority of tackling crime on public transport, when I was elected.  We beefed up the Safer Transport Teams, we are going to continue to support them in whatever guise and the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  I am very concerned because you have always committed to that and we can see huge cuts there, Mr Mayor.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  There are now fewer crimes on the London Underground per million journeys than any other network in any other Tube system, any other Metro system in Europe.  We have the safest Tube system in Europe.


Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  Buses, because it is the Metropolitan Police Service that police buses.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Bus crime, which is not crime committed by buses, which is very rare indeed, but crime committed on buses.  Bus crime is down.


Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  Is at risk of going up with these cuts.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  No it is not.


Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  With these cuts it could go up, Mr Mayor.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Bus crime is down by 40% since I was elected and crime on the London Underground is down by more than 20%.


Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  Which are under threat by your cuts.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Those are very considerable achievements by the police and by the Safer Transport Teams and I congratulate them on it.


Darren Johnson (Chair):  Thank you.