National police non-emergency number 101

MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


On the 24th November the Metropolitan Police experienced technical difficulties with the non-emergency number 101. What steps were put in place to help Londoners that needed advice or to report a crime during this time?


Answer for National police non-emergency number 101

Answer for National police non-emergency number 101

Answered By: 
The Mayor

On 22nd November 2014 there were technical issues with the 101 non-emergency number. This was a national issue and did not just affect the London area.

The Metropolitan Police Service directed members of the public to alternative ways of contacting the police and reporting crimes.

Quick identification of the loss of the system enabled the MPS to introduce telephony interventions; text messaging was suspended and staff profiles were amended to reflect call volume.  As a result the MPS maintained service levels throughout the day.