Local Policing Model (Supplementary) [2]

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


Mr Mayor, are you aware that the reduction in PCSOs has happened, of course because quite a lot of them have been promoted and become fully warranted police officers, the good ones?  Do you think we should be celebrating the fact that the Metropolitan Police Service is actually recruiting and promoting officers when so many other forces throughout the country are not doing that?

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Answer for Local Policing Model (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Local Policing Model (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes.  As I told you all last year a lot, the Metropolitan Police Service is the only force in the country that is actually recruiting about 5,000 officers.  It is a great time to have a career in the police - it is always a great time to have a career in the police.  I want to congratulate them on what they are doing.  They are helping to bring down crime a lot in London.  Yes, there is always more that you can do and, yes, there are areas that I have concerns about, but overall the picture is very encouraging.


Roger Evans (Deputy Chairman):  Do you think the flexibility that is built into your new neighbourhood policing model, which allows you to move officers around a larger area and focus them on particular issues, is actually leading to an improvement in the detection and solving of crime in the Metropolitan Police Service?


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  It is possible, because after all what was not going to help them was having a rigid system that kept them stuck in one place, in some relatively safe, leafy ward, when their energies might be better deployed elsewhere where things were in need of real attention.  Flexibility is a very, very important part of cracking all this.


Roger Evans (Deputy Chairman):  Do you think that council wards, whilst of course entirely suitable for electing local councillors and providing a number of voters in a particular area are much less suited to providing policing services, or indeed any other service based on those boundaries?  Not least because a lot of those wards abut on high streets, so you can have a high street like Elm Park, in my constituency, for example where three different wards abut onto the high street, but crime does not stop at any of those boundaries.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Absolutely right and clearly one of the reasons to be flexible was that crime does not know boundaries and certainly you would not want SNTs to be stopping at frontiers, which would be ludicrous.


Roger Evans (Deputy Chairman):  Thank you.