What is the present position over the disposal of the water cannon? How much has been spent on the maintenance and storage since their purchase and what is the annual cost of maintenance and storage? Has consideration been given to 'cutting the losses' and scrapping them?
As part of your public access consultation for the Met Police, have you considered locating contact points in other public buildings, such as local libraries, which might save the Met money, generate revenues for Councils and provide more "one stop shops" at public buildings?
I have been informed that there are continuing problems with police Airwave radios for response teams--specifically that a response team is expected to maintain one channel while responding to an incident. This apparently means that other teams cannot listen in--one example given to me was that a team requiring assistance might not be able to communicate with another team nearby who could help. Is this correct? Is this a product of the borough pathfinder merger? If this is happening, what is being done about it?
Police workforce data has shown that only 13.4% of officers are BME. Whilst this figure represents a welcome 5% rise compared to last year, it is still significantly lower than the BME population across London's population (40.2%). What actions are the Mayor and the Metropolitan Police Service taking to ensure that the police service reflects the diversity of the community it serves?
London is facing higher demand for policing at a time of reduced budgets. Given the context for policing in London, do you think the proposed closure of police stations risks making Londoners less secure?