Young People Confidence in Metropolitan Police

MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


According to the recent report from all-party parliamentary group for children, children and young people have a "profound lack of trust" in the police, bordering on fear in some cases. What measures are the Metropolitan Police taking to ensure that their procedures in dealing with young people do not serve to dent their confidence in the police?


Answer for Young People Confidence in Metropolitan Police

Answer for Young People Confidence in Metropolitan Police

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS is absolutely committed to providing a fair, open and honest service to everyone in London, including young Londoners. We know from our own Public Attitude survey, that younger Londoners are the least likely age grouping to report confidence in the police (as of Q2 14/15: ages 16-24, 64% of this group are confident, compared to 25-34 (68%), 35-64 (66%) and 65+ (73%).

The MPS recognises the importance of listening and working with the views and aspirations of young people and has a wide reaching programme on this topic. This includes specific projects working with school officers, the development of new training, the work of specific MPS teams (e.g., Trident), police cadets, the Community Ambassador Programme and numerous other partners (e.g., the Princes Trust, 1BC) to benefit young Londoners.

MOPAC is working alongside the MPS on this issue and together recently launched a Pan-London survey (closing on the 19th December) to secure the views of young Londoners in relation to a range of crime and safety issues. This survey will also capture the views of students within Pupil Referral Units - a group that previously have not had their views captured in such a way. The results of the survey will be used to drive improvements in the way the Police deliver services to young Londoners and shape a review of the MPS strategy on Young People.