101 service

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6042
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The National Police Chiefs Council recently wrote to Policing Minister Nick Hurd suggesting that budget pressures could cause the 101 service to be turned off at night from next year, once the contract expires in March 2020. What is your response to this?

Answer

101 service

101 service

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The challenges facing London and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) are well known - the funding picture for London continues to be extremely difficult and as a consequence, the MPS must deliver its services with fewer officers. However, responding to calls is a fundamental responsibility of the MPS, and the MPS have assured me they are working hard to improve this including recruiting additional staff to help deal with the rise in demand and there are currently no plans by the MPS to make any changes to the 101 service.