Police 101 helpline - Proposed change from National police Chiefs Council

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6247
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

It has been reported that the National Police Chiefs Council is reviewing the current non-emergency 101 helpline ahead of the expiry of the current contract in March 2020 (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/10/police-101-non-emergency-line-could-switched-night/). How will the views of the Metropolitan Police Service, the Deputy Mayor and yourself be fed into this review?

Answers

Answer for Police 101 helpline - Proposed change from National police Chiefs Council
Police 101 helpline - Proposed change from National police Chiefs Council

Police 101 helpline - Proposed change from National police Chiefs Council

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) would expect to be consulted by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) as part of any review.

As MOPAC works closely with the MPS around this issue both mine and the Deputy Mayor’s views would be closely aligned with that of the MPS.

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime meets with Assistant Commissioner Simmons every month to discuss operational policing and the performance of BCUs – including response times.

MOPAC also produces a monthly BCU performance report which includes I call and S call performance for those BCUs which have gone live. Response time performance is also a standing agenda item at the MPS Strengthening Local Policing Programme Board upon which MOPAC is represented.

It is not clear at present if the NPCC will directly consult Police Authorities. Should they decide not to, that will be a matter for the Deputy Mayor to take up directly with the NPCC.