Meeting London’s Current and Future Policing Needs

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2014-12-09
Session date: 
December 9, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4962
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Boris Johnson
Category: 

Question

Answer

Answer for Meeting London’s Current and Future Policing Needs

Answer for Meeting London’s Current and Future Policing Needs

Answered By: 
Boris Johnson

I really want to echo what Bernard just said. I think it is a very fair summary of the position.  Clearly there are going to be continuing demands for economy from the Treasury.  We are going to have to make the case for London.  We have been here before.  This was an argument that colleagues will remember we had four or five years ago.  We were successful in getting funding to meet the needs of the city.  I appreciate very much what Bernard says about his determination to continue to take out costs and obviously we will try to be as useful as we can.  However, my view is that if you are going to police a growing city properly, a city whose population is going to grow just in this decade probably to 9 million people, if you are going to keep police out on the beat in the way that everybody around this place wants to seethem then we are going to have to make the argument for proper funding for policing in London.  That is part of the purpose obviously of the Mayoralty and of my role as the occupant of MOPAC.