Transparency and Policing in London (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Andrew Dismore AM:  Thank you, Deputy Chairman.  I have raised with you before the local concerns over the mergers in Camden and Islington, including poor community engagement, poor response to 101 calls and, most importantly, the worsening response times to emergency “I” and emergency “S” calls for help.  You rightly said in response to a written question that the rollout across the capital will not happen until the merger problems are sorted out.


Can you say when the evaluation is going to take place and confirm it will be carried out on published and objective criteria?



Answer for Transparency and Policing in London (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for Transparency and Policing in London (Supplementary) [5]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  My understanding is that the evaluation of the pathfinders we are going to do towards the end of this year.  It would have been done earlier but for the problems that have been articulated by Assembly Member Desai.  You will be aware of the additional increase in resources to resolve the issues.  By the way, it would be unfair to say it has been a blanket failure because there have been improvements around dealing with vulnerable people and around some of the other services that were identified by the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) report.  The pathfinders have led to some improvements in services in some areas.


However, clearly, as was referred to by Assembly Member Desai, response times were a big source of concern for everyone and we still need to address those.  The idea is that towards the end of this year the Commissioner and the Deputy Mayor will evaluate the pathfinders before deciding on how to proceed.


Andrew Dismore AM:  Will that be on objective and published criteria?


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Can I write to you about that?  I am not sure what the criteria are, but they should always be criteria that reassure the public rather than a source of not reassuring the public.  I will write to you to let you know exactly what the criteria is and when we expect to evaluate that by.


Andrew Dismore AM:  Thank you.


Gareth Bacon AM:  Thank you very much, Deputy Chairman.  Just on that final point, Mr Mayor, could you write to all Assembly Members on that criteria?




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Of course.




Gareth Bacon AM:  That is something that is worrying everybody and it would be very useful to have it.  Thank you.




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Also, hopefully I will be able to give you an idea of when it will happen because I am not quite sure but I am meeting the Commissioner later on today and we will discuss this, as you will appreciate, when we do meet.  I should hopefully, by the time I write to you, also give you an idea of when we think the evaluation will take place.




Gareth Bacon AM:  That is great.  Thank you.