Redundancies in the Metropolitan Police Service

MQT on 2014-06-11
Session date: 
June 11, 2014
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Data from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), which I am happy to share with you should you wish, shows that, since you came to office in 2008, 2,463 police staff have been made compulsorily redundant or have taken voluntary redundancy as a result of job cuts. Of these 2,463 staff members, 1,623 are women, which is a total of 65.9% of jobs lost. Given the lack of diversity in the Met, which Commissioner Hogan-Howe has acknowledged, are you concerned that women have been disproportionately affected by job cuts in the MPS? And what measures were taken prior to major staff reductions to try to ensure that no group protected under the Equality Act 2010 was disproportionately affected by such cuts?


Answer for Redundancies in the Metropolitan Police Service

Answer for Redundancies in the Metropolitan Police Service

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS historically had extremely high support costs. The reduction in staff is a key part of the effort to focus police resources to the front line. By changing work practices and rationalising structures, MOPAC has committed to reducing the number of police staff without replacing police staff with police officers.

Since 2008, 2550 members of police staff have left the MPS under either voluntary exit (1272 / 49.92%), voluntary redundancy (1243 / 48.75%) or compulsory redundancy (35 / 1.37%). 65.8% of leavers have been women set against an overall police staff female workforce representation of 55.7%.

All business cases involving a reduction in staff have an accompanying Equality Impact Assessment.

It is important to recognise that the overwhelming majority of these exits were on voluntary terms. In addition the MPS has recently established a new Career Transition Service to assist individuals at risk of redundancy. 

I am committed to supporting and challenging the MPS to ensure that Londoners from every background are encouraged and supported to join the MPS. I want the MPS to look like the city it serves.