Neighbourhood Policing Teams - 1

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2014-12-09
Session date: 
December 9, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4977
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner

Question

Now that your new model for policing has bedded in, many of the Safer Neighbourhood Boards in my constituency are reporting a reduction in the visibility of Police Officers on the beat. Reasons being suggested are a reduction in overall policing numbers, high vacancy rates, and poor attrition. Without police visibility, public confidence in policing will only be so high and we will end up with less and less policing done through a mode of reciprocity and co-operation, which, to me, is key in having a functional police service in our city. Can you confirm current vacancy numbers by Officer-level across Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest?

Answer

Answer for Neighbourhood Policing Teams - 1

Answer for Neighbourhood Policing Teams - 1

Answered By: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner

The MPS does not have high vacancy rates or poor attrition.

Islington and Waltham Forest are above target strength and do not have any vacancies, including those newly recruited officers completing training.

Hackney (as of 31 October 2014) has 13 vacancies. This is a small number that will reduce further as the recruitment drive continues.

These low vacancies reflect the success of the extensive recruitment campaign to reach approximately 32,000 officers at the end of the financial year.

There are currently over 1,500 officers in training with hundreds of officers being recruited each month.