Police public engagement strategy

MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The DMPC told the Police and Crime Committee in a letter on 1 November 2017, that a community engagement strategy would be published in 2018. What progress has been made in finalising your public engagement strategy and when will it be published?


Police public engagement strategy
Police public engagement strategy

Police public engagement strategy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Public engagement in policing is important and remains a priority for my Office for Policing and Crime. Following the public access strategy consultation in 2017 my team has been focused on supplementing the evidence gained from that consultation, whilst trying to balance this work with the overriding priority of reducing violence in London. The Public Access Strategy consulation received 1,687 responses to the online survey, 900 written responses and 1,592 people attended relevant meetings.

MOPAC has conducted further face to face consultations with over 450 individuals from community groups, specifically seeking to broaden the evidence base for those who have different relationships with the police, including young people, those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act, recent immigrants etc.  The engagement was broadened to include a debate hosted on Talk London, which resulted in 1,824 survey responses.

The engagement continues to be led by the joint MPS / MOPAC Public Engagement Working Group, co-chaired by Commander Mark McEwan.  It is not clear that a formal published strategy is required to embed the changes needed, however a review of the guidance for Safer Neighbourhood Boards will be consulted upon before the end of the financial year 2018/19.