Transparency and Policing in London (Supplementary) [4]

Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Unmesh Desai AM:  Mr Mayor, at this moment in time we in the Labour Group remain sceptical about the way plans for borough mergers are progressing.  Evidence from the pilots - certainly the ones in Havering, Barking and Dagenham, and Redbridge - suggests that things are not well.  I know that the Leader of Barking and Dagenham has been in correspondence with you.  Target response times have been met only 52% of the time in Barking and Dagenham.  Clearly, this is not acceptable and I think you acknowledge that.  You have said in the past - and I quote - “We will not proceed with Basic Command Units if problems identified have not been addressed”.  Is this still the case and are mergers off the agenda for the time being?


Answer for Transparency and Policing in London (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for Transparency and Policing in London (Supplementary) [4]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  You are right to articulate some of the concerns raised by the first two pathfinders, particularly in the east.  I am told that there has been improvement recently but we are not going to proceed with this - the Commissioner [of Police of the Metropolis] is quite clear, as is the Deputy Mayor - unless we are satisfied that the concerns in relation to the two pathfinders have been addressed.  You will be aware of some of the resources being diverted to improve the response time but you are right to express the concerns of your constituents and others about the pathfinders.  The Commissioner and the Deputy Mayor are keen to resolve those.