Merger of Borough Commands

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


To ask the Mayor how the merger of the Metropolitan Police borough commands of Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering into one new  Basic Command Unit is faring and what lessons are being learned by the Met. 


Answer for Merger of Borough Commands

Answer for Merger of Borough Commands

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The new Basic Command Unit (BCU) model is a genuine test and each of the pathfinders have thrown up different challenges and lessons for the future.

The progress of the pathfinders is being overseen at a local level by the Met and partners jointly. My Deputy Mayor is also meeting regularly with the MPS to monitor overall performance and progress on the new ways of working.

The pathfinders will be fully evaluated. The Commissioner and I will together consider the evidence from the pathfinders and the views of stakeholders towards the end of 2017, before determining the manner of any further roll-out across London.

I am clear that Met will not implement a model that does not keep Londoners safe. No decision on the further roll out will be made until the challenges, particularly on response are resolved.