Neighbourhood Policing Teams - 4

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


Can you tell me more about the shift-patterns of Officers going out on the beat, in terms of whether there are fixed shifts at the same times each day, or whether there is flexibility in the times and locations that Officers patrol?


Answer for Neighbourhood Policing Teams - 4

Answer for Neighbourhood Policing Teams - 4

Answered By: 
the Mayor and Police Commissioner

The Local Policing Model is based on standardised shift patterns that were based on demand modelling. This determined what days and at what times officers were needed on the streets.

Emergency Response and Patrol Team (ERPT) and Safer Neighbourhoods (SN) officers all have an element of patrol within their duties. Shift patterns require fixed start and end times in order to ensure the overall operational efficiency of the organisation. However, there are circumstances when a shift can be changed at short notice due to operational demands.

Patrol locations are directed locally according to operational need. ERPT cover an entire borough whereas SN teams cover a specific neighbourhood within their borough. Dedicated Ward Officers, both PC and PCSO, cover an individual ward within a neighbourhood.    

SN teams also work to a corporate shift pattern but their shifts vary in length. The current corporate shift pattern allows for a degree of flexibility based on local demand. However, all boroughs provide coverage between 07.00 and 23.00 Sunday to Wednesday and 07.00 to midnight (at least) Thursday to Saturday.