North West London BCU

MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


On 24th February the entire early turn response team shift was covered by Special Constables in the North West London BCU, apparently so that the regular officers could catch up on their paperwork. While Specials are an important resource and it is welcome that they volunteer to help the public, do you consider it to be appropriate for this to occur?


North West London BCU

North West London BCU

Answered By: 
The Mayor

This was a very specific event that was rigorously planned and risk assessed by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). Contingency plans were in place to respond to exceptional incidents and support was readily available. There was a full handover afterwards and subsequent review overseen by Commander Rose and Metropolitan Special Constabulary (MSC) Chief Officer Dellar.

The purpose of the event was to pro-actively make use of, encourage and develop special constables; as well as improve their working relationship with full time officers and assist the integration of the three MSC teams within the new BCU. It also provided the opportunity for full time officers to progress their crime enquiries.

The MSC is an important part of our police service. The MPS must continue to innovatively develop its MSC capability and integrate them with full time officers, this will include bespoke events led by the MSC and supported by full time officers. I support the MPS to continue to develop the Special Constabulary and recognise the important contribution they make to keeping Londoners safe.