Local crime priorities (1)

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is the process by which borough crime priorities were set (e.g. which groups were consulted, how was data used, etc)?


Answer for Local crime priorities (1)

Answer for Local crime priorities (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The system of local borough crime priorities emerged during the consultation for the Police and Crime Plan. During the consultation - the largest into policing ever carried out in London - we heard concerns that the old 'MOPAC 7' targets were too rigid and failed to reflect the different priorities of different Boroughs. In addition, concerns were raised that the strict focus on achieving a 20% reduction in seven specific volume crimes took focus away from the important role of neighbourhood policing in dealing with high-harm crimes such as domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation. This concern was further echoed in the HMICFRS review into child safeguarding at the Met.

During the formal consultation period for the Police and Crime Plan, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime visited Council Leaders and senior police officers in every Borough to discuss proposals for a new system whereby each Borough would select two volume crime priorities, to go alongside a number of mandatory priorities including antisocial behaviour and high harm crimes such as domestic abuse. This system - and the local priorities themselves - were agreed in discussion with Borough Councils and local police, supported with detailed data on crime and safety provided by MOPAC. To ensure that these priorities remain current, we review them annually with Boroughs and local police.