Police and Crime Plan

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Shaun Bailey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How will your Police and Crime Plan support older people, especially those suffering from dementia?


Answer for Police and Crime Plan

Answer for Police and Crime Plan

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Thank you for your question, Assembly Member Bailey.  I am currently formally consulting on my draft Police and Crime Plan.  My Deputy Mayor for Police and Crime and MOPAC have undertaken considerable pre-engagement with a broad range of stakeholders, including the London Older People’s Strategies Group and representatives from London’s Mental Health Trust.  I have placed preventing victimisation and supporting those individuals in communities who are affected by crime and tackling inequality at the heart of the draft plan, with a clear focus on providing extra protection and support to the most vulnerable people.  Clearly, vulnerability can take many forms, and the effects of age and dementia can be among those. 


It is precisely because of my concerns about how we better support and reassure older people and others in our communities who might be more isolated and need more help that I have really started to deliver on one of my key manifesto commitments by restoring real neighbourhood policing.  In doing so, I am making the police more visible and accessible to their local communities, allowing them to build relationships with those communities and support the most vulnerable people in them.  All MPS personnel who have contact with the public use well-established tools to identify and assess vulnerability in anyone they come into contact with, and dementia is a vulnerability that is identified through this process. 


To develop this further, there is ongoing engagement with the Alzheimer’s Society through its Dementia Friends initiative to develop and inform the MPS’s response to dementia as part of the broader work to protect the vulnerable people.  Dr Tom Coffey, my Health Advisor, has also met recently with representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society to discuss issues facing Londoners with dementia, their families, friends and communities.  The Alzheimer’s Society will shortly be submitting a proposal to Dr Coffey to make London the world’s first dementia-friendly global city.  The consultation on the draft Police and Crime Plan will run until 23 February.


Shaun Bailey AM:  Thank you, Mayor, for that very comprehensive answer.  I was just slightly disappointed to see that “dementia” did not have specific mention as a word.  The planning itself and the consultation has been very good and it has been broad and there is a big focus on mental health, which is very welcome, but I just would ask that you put dementia in a specific statement because it is, unfortunately, a growing community of vulnerable, mostly elder people in London at this current point, roughly 65,000-plus and growing.  Often, the police attend a situation that, if you do not have that dementia training, looks very different to what it actually is.  That will protect the police and also this vulnerable community.


We just ask if you could make a commitment to have dementia specifically named in the Police and Crime Plan.  I believe the Alzheimer’s Society has a plan to have, as part of London being a dementia-friendly city, all police officers trained in this way.  I hope that is achievable with your support, but specifically to get dementia in the plan.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  In the draft Police and Crime Plan, which we are consulting on - and I would invite you to respond to the consultation if you have not already - vulnerability is a key part of that plan.  You will remember the previous MOPAC 7 was about dealing with high-volume crime.  One of the reasons people say Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) was so critical of the MPS in relation to children and young people was about the unintended consequences of the MOPAC 7, and that is why we have vulnerability in there, but please do respond to the consultation.  It is genuine consultation, which means that it can change.  You have made your point quite powerfully and I would encourage you to respond and make that point forcefully.


Shaun Bailey AM:  Thank you.