Police officer numbers

MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is the current level of police officers? If the Met were to get the funding they want out of the Spending Review, how many officers and staff would the Service have?


Answer for Police officer numbers
Police officer numbers

Police officer numbers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

At the end of February 2019, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) had 29,869 officers. Over 300 new recruits will begin their training in March and the MPS aims to grow officer numbers to 31,000 by December 2019.

The Government have yet to announce the details of their Spending Review and both the MPS and MOPAC are in the process of developing their bids. The Commissioner has said on numerous occasions that it is not possible to say precisely how much resource is needed, given the complexity of policing London. 

The Commissioner has been clear that with additional resources, the MPS could be even more effective in bearing down on violence, tackling the growth in reporting of sexual offences and on-line child exploitation, disrupting serious and organised criminality and tackling those things that matter to local people.