MOPAC Annual Report 2014-15

The Mayor published his first Police and Crime Plan for London in March 2013, which spelt out our strategy and priorities for the next four years. The latest annual report (covering the period up to 31 March 2015), explains the progress we have made to date.

In summary, the report shows:

  • since the Mayor took office, crime has fallen by 18%. This means 118,327 fewer victims of crime in the capital. Strong progress has been made in reducing the seven key Neighbourhood Crimes with high levels of victimisation targeted by MOPAC (known as the MOPAC 7). They had fallen by 19.8% by the end of March 2015. In the same time period, burglary reached its lowest level since 1974
  • the MPS hit the Mayor’s target headcount of 32,000 officers in March 2015. The MPS has also completed the move of 2,600 additional officers into neighbourhood roles to boost local crime fighting
  • as part of the Deputy Mayor’s strategy for cutting costs, the MPS is reducing back office costs, releasing old and underused assets and reforming the policing model. In the past two years, MOPAC has sold 59 old and underutilised police buildings, raising £294m. In 2014, MOPAC agreed a deal for the sale of the current New Scotland Yard site ahead of the MPS move to its new Headquarters in the Curtis Green Building, which will raise a further £370m. This money is supporting major technology projects such as the rollout of 20,000 body worn video cameras for police officers and mobile devices to enable them to work more effectively on the move
  • the disposals of these police buildings have delivered benefits for London as a whole, directly or indirectly creating 12,000 jobs, as well as providing space for 4,000 new residential units and 9 new schools, helping support economic growth and access to education in the city
  • MOPAC is improving the level of service provided to victims of crime in London, with victim satisfaction reaching a record high. The Mayor has invested £5m to establish, for the first time, a Pan-London Domestic Violence Service, drawing together all support providers to ensure that every victim of domestic violence in London has access to specialist support from Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs)
  • MOPAC has distributed £18m in the last year to a wide range of crime fighting and community safety initiatives through the London Crime Prevention Fund, tackling issues such as gang crime, hate crime and business crime
  • MOPAC’s continues to build its relationships with the London Criminal Justice System to better share data and work constructively on solutions to reduce delays in the system and cut reoffending. This includes improvements in the IT infrastructure, driving towards a truly digital Criminal Justice System; and interventions to target prolific offenders who cause the greatest burden on the courts system
  • with the publication of seven groundbreaking interactive data dashboards, MOPAC has led the way in transparency, allowing public and practitioners ready access to in-depth data on crime, criminal justice and community confidence
  • MOPAC’s profile is rising, with the office handling a record level of correspondence and gathering hundreds of new followers for its Twitter account @MOPACLdn. It has also established itself on the international stage, hosting an international conference on gang crime, forging links with the 100 Resilient Cities Network and playing a leading role in academic research into policing

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