Resources for the Roads and Transport Policing Command (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6105
Question By: 
Siân Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Since you provided an extra £118.6 million to support police officer numbers in your 2019-20 GLA budget, are you planning to restore or increase the capacity and resources of the Road and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) and, if so, when?

Answers

Answer for Resources for the Roads and Transport Policing Command (3)
Resources for the Roads and Transport Policing Command (3)

Resources for the Roads and Transport Policing Command (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am absolutely clear that keeping Londoners safe is my top priority. The increase in violence and knife crime in London has meant that the MPS in consultation with MOPAC, Transport for London (TfL) and other senior stakeholders has shifted resources towards protecting the most vulnerable and in particular those affected by knife crime. This will also have the effect of keeping London’s transport network safe.

The MPS will continue to direct additional funding and effort towards bearing down on violence for the foreseeable future. As with all police resourcing decisions this will be kept under constant review by the Commissioner.

This is only possible because I have made additional funding available. In last year’s budget, I committed to providing an ongoing £59.3m per year for an extra 1,000 police officers than would otherwise be affordable, allocated from growth in business rates income. Due to technical changes proposed by the Government, it is possible there will be a two-year time lag in receiving this. Therefore, I have allocated £118.6m of the business rates surplus to a specific earmarked reserve to cover that period.

While it is regrettable that the MPS is not able to increase funding in the Road and Transport Policing Command (RTPC), the fact that this government continues to reduce police funding means that the MPS continues to be forced to make difficult decisions around operational priorities.