January 2013 MQT Answers

Below are the answers to written questions submitted to the Mayor by Joanne in January 2013.

2000 Extra Officers on the Front Line from the Back Office
Question No: 324 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Last month I asked you the following question “During your election campaign you promised Londoners that you would take 2,000 officers out of the back office and put them out on the frontline.

Please provide a detailed breakdown of exactly which units and roles these officers will come from across the Met and where they are likely to be redeployed to?”

You answered “MOPAC is currently preparing a police and crime plan, an important element of which is the local policing model, which will document how this commitment is being met. “

Londoners now have a copy of the Draft Police and Crime Plan and the detail that I requested is not there. I therefore must ask you again about your election pledge to Londoners:

During your election campaign you promised Londoners that you would take 2,000 officers out of the back office and put them out on the frontline.

Please provide a detailed breakdown of exactly which units and roles these officers will come from across the Met and where they are likely to be redeployed to?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Police front counters/police stations
Question No: 325 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding front counter provision in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

In the Draft Police and Crime plan you provide a list, broken down by London Borough of the police front counters and stations that have been identified for a reduction in hours or closure. However the list only gives an indication of the hours that those front counters are available to the public eg it will say “daytime”, but not how many days a week or specifically what daytime hours they are open.

Could you please provide that list detailing specifically both the hours that they are currently open to and the hours that are proposed for opening in the current Estate consultation process?

Written response from the Mayor

I am committed to improving public access.

Consultation on the draft Police and Crime Plan including proposals to improve public access is on-going and no decisions have yet been made.

Opening hours will depend on local need and will be decided on following the consultation. It may not make sense to open all stations for the same hours each day. In busy neighbourhoods opening hours may be longer at weekends and into the evening.

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Police Recruits
Question No: 326 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many police recruits were in the Met’s intake in December 2012?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Police Recruits (2)
Question No: 327 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a list of Met’s intake of recruits on the London Datastore from April 2008 to date.

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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MPS Savings from Property
Question No: 328 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding the MPS’s Estate in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

How did the MPS/MOPAC arrive at its figures for savings from property? Please breakdown these savings, providing the amounts to be saved from front counters, ACPO properties and other areas.

Written response from the Mayor

MOPAC/MPS are currently consulting on the estate strategy and no decisions have yet been made it is therefore not currently possible to provide a detailed breakdown. We are reviewing the use of MPS property. As detailed in both the draft estates strategy and the draft police and crime plan the intention is to reduce the running costs of the MOPAC estate to £140 million each year by 2015/16 – a 30 per cent reduction on 2012 costs and to reduce the amount of space occupied by 300,000 sq m by 2015/16 from 900,000 sq m to 600,000 sq m.

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Cost of 65 Police Front Counters (1)
Question No: 329 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding front counter provision in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

Can you please provide details of the cost of the 65 police front counters which are proposed to close, separating the cost of personnel from property costs?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Cost of closing 65 police front counters (2)
Question No: 330 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding front counter provision in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

What analysis has been undertaken of the cost of removing the proposed 65 police front counters?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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MPS front counters (1)
Question No: 331 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding front counter provision in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

What consideration did the MPS/MOPAC give to replacing the front counters proposed to close with shop front counters in alternative locations nearby? Please provide details of any work undertaken and the cost of such proposals.

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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MPS Front Counters (2)
Question No: 332 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding front counter provision in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

Were local Borough Commanders asked to consider new alternative MPS owner/leased front counters, other than those in the proposed contact points, as alternatives to those that are set to close?

Written response from the Mayor

I am committed to improving public access.

Consultation on the draft Police and Crime Plan including proposals to improve public access is on-going and no decisions have been made.

Proposals include bringing the police closer to the public with creative solutions such as co-locating crime prevention desks and bureaus in places with a high number of visitors such as council buildings libraries and other local public services as well as other places that are frequently visited by Londoners. I will also be piloting providing some front counter services in post offices, which I intend to be in place by July 2013.

All victims of crime who would like one will be guaranteed a personal visit at an agreed time and a location of their choice. Treating victims with dignity and respect will be at the heart of service provision, ensuring they receive the level of service they deserve and helping to increase confidence of victims especially the vulnerable ones.

I am currently working closely with boroughs and service providers to explore how best to achieve this. Borough Commanders are integral to these discussions.

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MPS Proposed Contact Points (1)
Question No: 333 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding front counter provision in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

How many new contact points are proposed in your new police estate plan? How many of these have actually got an agreement in principle in place from the building’s owner/landlord/occupier? Please provide a list of such agreements.

Written response from the Mayor

I am committed to improving public access.

Consultation on the draft Police and Crime Plan including proposals to improve public access is on-going and no decisions have been made.

Proposals include bringing the police closer to the public with creative solutions such as co-locating crime prevention desks and bureaus in places with a high number of visitors such as council buildings libraries and other local public services as well as other places that are frequently visited by Londoners. I will also be piloting providing some front counter services in post offices, which I intend to be in place by July 2013.

All victims of crime who would like one will be guaranteed a personal visit at an agreed time and a location of their choice. Treating victims with dignity and respect will be at the heart of service provision, ensuring they receive the level of service they deserve and helping to increase confidence of victims especially the vulnerable ones.

I am currently working closely with boroughs and service providers to explore how best to achieve this and specifically where any new access points might be sited.

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MPS Proposed Contact Points (2)
Question No: 334 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding front counter provision in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

What indications have the owners/landlords/occupiers of your proposed new contact points given as to the amount of rent, or other any other charges, that they would seek from the MPS if they were to offer their premises as a police contact point?

Written response from the Mayor

I am committed to improving public access.

Consultation on the draft Police and Crime Plan including proposals to improve public access is on-going and no decsions have been made.

Proposals include bringing the police closer to the public with creative solutions such as co-locating crime prevention desks and bureaus in places with a high number of visitors such as council buildings libraries and other local public services as well as other places that are frequently visited such as supermarkets. I will also be piloting providing some front counter services in post offices, which I intend to be in place by July 2013.

I am currently working closely with boroughs and service providers to explore how best to achieve this.

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MPS Proposed Contact Points (3)
Question No: 335 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding front counter provision in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

What equipment would be available at your new police contact points, eg police computer, IT links etc? What would be the cost of providing and installing any such equipment?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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MPS Proposed Contact Points (4)
Question No: 336 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding front counter provision in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

Will your new police contact points have a private space where victims can report details of crime in a private and confidential manner? Will this be a requirement when assessing the suitability of any contact point?

Written response from the Mayor

I am committed to improving public access.

The draft Police and Crime includes my public access commitment to Londoners to improve public access. This commitment includes guaranteeing all victims of crime who would like one a personal visit at an agreed time and a location of their choice.

I will also provide a number of contact points in every borough where people can access their local police. I am working closely with boroughs and service providers to explore how best to achieve this, wherever possible finding ways to co-locate and share services.

All victims of crime who would like one will be guaranteed a personal visit at an agreed time and a location of their choice. Treating victims with dignity and respect will be at the heart of service provision, ensuring they receive the level of service they deserve and helping to increase confidence of victims especially the vulnerable ones. We will ensure that there are enough private spaces for victims.

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MPS Volunteers (1)
Question No: 337 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

What plans have been developed to better utilise and expand the number and training given to MPS volunteers?

Written response from the Mayor

The MPS currently has 1400 volunteers supporting police officers and staff in all 32 London boroughs. Over the last 12 months, the Met Volunteers Programme (MVP) has focused on creating roles that satisfy the organisation’s objectives.  During 2013-14 there will be a focus on supporting the expansion of the Volunteer Police Cadets and Public Access. The roles undertaken within the MVP have expanded and now include roles such as making calls to victims of crime and support to Reception and CCTV Visual Identification Services. These roles will see MPV expand to 1800 volunteers by March 2014.

Since early 2012, MPV undertake a Corporate Induction Day which includes Health and Safety and Manual Handling awareness. Volunteers undergo further training specific to the role they carry out.

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MPS Volunteers (2)
Question No: 338 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding front counter provision in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

What consideration was given to using volunteers to help staff police front counters during the current budget round?

Written response from the Mayor

Volunteers have assisted with front counters for many years. I value their contribution and intend to continue to seek their assistance and expertise within the front counter environment to enhance the customer experience.

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MPS Specials (1)
Question No: 339 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding the future of local policing in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

What consideration was given to using MPS special constables to help staff police front counters during the current budget round?

Written response from the Mayor

Consultation on the draft Police and Crime Plan is on-going, including proposals to improve public access and no decisions have been made.

The proposals reflect the changes in the way in which people access the police, bringing the public closer to the police and freeing up police officers from manning front counters.

MPS Special Constables have all the powers of a constable and will work predominantly alongside Safer Neighbourhood Teams providing a visible patrol presence as part of a Safer Neighbourhoods Team.

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MPS Special Constables (2)
Question No: 340 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your answer to my question on Special Constables last month. (Question No: 4194 / 2012) you stated that your pledge of 10,000 MSCs was based on their working the minimum requirement of hours in a month and that many of them are working more hours than this.

a) What is the target number of hours you would like to see Special Constables (MSCs) working during your electoral term?

b) Can you provide a breakdown of the amount of hours per month worked by special constables across the Metropolitan Police Service since May 2010?

Written response from the Mayor

a)      The MPS has not imposed a target number. MSCs are expected to work a minimum of 16 hours each month.

b)      A breakdown of MSC Officer hours worked per month since May 2010 is attached in Appendix 3.

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Tottenham Police Station
Question No: 341 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding front counter provision in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

Will you please reconsider plans to remove 24 hour coverage at Tottenham police station? There are some parts of London where one 24 hour front counter is insufficient.

Written response from the Mayor

I am committed to improving public access.

Consultation on the draft Police and Crime Plan including proposals to improve public access is on-going and no decisions have yet been made.

Opening hours will depend on local need and will be decided on following the consultation.

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Muswell Hill Police Station
Question No: 342 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding front counter provision in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

Muswell Hill police station is proposed to close. What is the proposed alternative contact point in respect to this front counter?

Written response from the Mayor

I am committed to improving public access Consultation on the draft Police and Crime Plan including proposals to improve public access are on-going and no final decisions have yet been made.

My proposals will improve public access, bringing the police closer to the public with creative solutions such as co-locating crime prevention desks and bureaus in places with a high number of visitors such as council buildings, libraries and other local public services as well as other local places that are frequently visited.

I will also be piloting providing front counter services in post offices which I expect to be in place by July 2013

All victims of crime who would like one will be guaranteed a personal visit at an agreed time and a location of their choice. Treating victims with dignity and respect will be at the heart of service provision, ensuring they receive the level of service they deserve and helping to increase confidence of victims especially the vulnerable ones.

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Hornsey Police Station
Question No: 343 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding front counter provision in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

What was the rationale for removing the 24 hour front counter at Hornsey police station? Will you please reconsider removing the valued service?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Southgate/Winchmore Hill Police Stations
Question No: 344 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding front counter provision in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

The west of Enfield will have no permanent front counter under your proposed proposals. Will you please re-consider your proposals and retain a permanent front counter in the west of the Borough as 4 hours at 2 supermarkets in not a sufficient alternative to these valued resources?

Written response from the Mayor

I am committed to improving public access.

Consultation on the draft Police and Crime Plan including proposals to improve public access are on-going and no decisions have yet been made.

My proposals will improve public access, bringing the police closer to the public with creative solutions such as co-locating crime prevention desks and bureaus in places with a high number of visitors such as council buildings, libraries and other local public services as well as other places that are frequently visited such as supermarkets.

I will also be piloting providing front counter services in post offices which I expect to be in place by July 2013.

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24 Hour Police Front Counter Service – Enfield
Question No: 345 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding front counter provision in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

Will you please reconsider the removal of 24/7 front counter provision at EnfieldTown police station? Under your new plans the only 24 hour front counter will be at Edmonton police station in the east of the borough, making it very hard for many residents elsewhere to access this service.

Written response from the Mayor

I am committed to improving public access.

Consultation on the draft Police and Crime Plan including proposals to improve public access are on-going and no decsions have yet been made.

My proposals will improve public access, bringing the police closer to the public with creative solutions such as co-locating crime prevention desks and bureaus in places with a high number of visitors such as council buildings, libraries and other local public services as well as other places that are frequently visited such as supermarkets.

I will also be piloting providing front counter services in post offices which I expect to be in place by July 2013.

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MPS Proposed Contact Points
Question No: 346 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding MPS’s Estate in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

How many new contact points are proposed in your new police estate plan? How many of these have actually got an agreement in principle in place from the building’s owner/landlord/occupier?

Written response from the Mayor

I am committed to improving public access.

Consultation on the draft Police and Crime Plan including proposals to improve public access are on-going and no decsions have yet been made.

My proposals will improve public access, bringing the police closer to the public with creative solutions such as co-locating crime prevention desks and bureaus in places with a high number of visitors such as council buildings, libraries and other local public services as well as other places that are frequently visited such as supermarkets.

I will also be piloting providing front counter services in post offices which I expect to be in place by July 2013.

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Third Party Payments for Police Officers
Question No: 347 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many police officers are currently paid for by third parties? Please provide a breakdown of these third parties and the number of police officers they support. Please also provide details of when these contracts are expiring and any details of whether any third party is seeking to reduce its future funding.

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Third Party Payments for PCSOs
Question No: 348 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many PCSOs are currently paid for by third parties? Please provide a breakdown of these third parties and the number of PCSOs they support. Please also provide details of when these contracts are expiring and any details of whether any third party is seeking to reduce its future funding.

Written response from the Mayor

MOPAC/the MPS currently has 831 PCSOs funded or part funded by third parties. A breakdown is detailed in the table attached as Appendix 4. There are currently no known reductions.

It is important to note that either an imminent expiry date or a termination notice may not necessarily result in a reduction in future funding as some partners use these opportunities to review their current requirements.

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PCSOs
Question No: 349 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many PCSOs have you planned to be in the MPS up until May 2015? Please provide details by month and also detail as to where these PCSOs will be deployed?

Written response from the Mayor

On 13 January 2013, there were 2,703 PCSOs in the MPS. The 2013/14 budget predicts this will fall to 2,310 in 2013/14. The decline in numbers is being managed as far as is possible through natural turnover; including a number of PCSOs becoming police constables.

In 2015, it is anticipated that the PCSO figures will be as followed:

Local Policing Teams               =          1260

Local Authority funded            =          152 (based on current agreements)

Safer Transport                        =          646

Airports                                    =          45

It is anticipated that there may be a further 32 Local Authority posts, but these are currently unfunded.

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Borough PCSOs
Question No: 350 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many PCSOs do you plan to have in local borough policing teams in May 2013, 2014 and 2015?

Written response from the Mayor

Under the new local policing model, each ward will have two PCSOs, one of which will be dedicated to the ward – this equates to 1260. Some boroughs will have their allocation supplemented by PCSOs funded by their local authority. This accounts for a further 152 PCSOs. This number is not expected to change between May 2013 and May 2015.

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SNT bases
Question No: 351 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your draft Police and Crime Plan you have made a number of proposals surrounding MPS’s Estate and Safer Neighbourhood Teams in London. I and Londoners understand that these proposals are currently under consultation. However, Londoners need some more detail in order to be able to respond appropriately to the consultation process. Therefore can you answer the following question in as much detail as possible:

Can you please provide a list by borough of the current locations of SNT bases across London and any SNT bases that have been identified for possible closure?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Stop & Search (1)
Question No: 352 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Is it acceptable for someone to have been stopped and searched 25 times by the MPS, especially if they have never been charged with any crime?

Written response from the Mayor

The case to which you have alluded in your question has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.  I would not want to pre-judge the outcome of any investigation, but the case does raise serious questions that need to be addressed.

The Commissioner and I however remain of the view that stop and search remains a crucial tactic in keeping London safe, whilst recognising the harm it can cause when it is used without justification, unprofessionally or without clear explanation.

In February 2012 the MPS introduced a new approach to stop and search to ensure that it is more targeted, more effective and being used primarily to combat violent crime.  Borough Commanders are now required to justify repeated searches of identified individuals to ensure they are proportionate, effective and intelligence led.

MOPAC monitors MPS performance on stop and search both centrally and through borough community monitoring groups.  My Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime has asked Cllr Duwayne Brooks to work with him to further enhance our existing mechanisms and improve transparency.

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Stop & Search (2)
Question No: 353 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

The MPS told the Police & Crime Committee last year that it was improving its training on stop and search. Can you please provide details of any changes in this training, including how many officers, PCSOs and staff who have undertaken this training? What more is the MPS planning to do to improve its record on stop & search?

Written response from the Mayor

The Met is currently top of the table for the positive outcome rate for all stop & search, which has risen from 13.6 per cent to 18.9 per cent (12/2011 to 12/2012). However, continual improvement is important and the MPS works with a range of interested parties, such as StopWatch, and has recently reviewed and revised the approach to stop and search launched in January 2012, to improve practice and ensure continued progress.

16,000 officers have now completed the e-learning package and behavioural Detection Awareness Training (designed to equip officers to better understand a person’s verbal, vocal and/or physical behaviour when someone is put under stress) is currently being piloted prior to full roll out to all frontline operational officers in March 2013.

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Stop & Search (3)
Question No: 354 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many complaints have the MPS received in each of the past 5 years in relation to stop and search? Please provide any details held on the category of such complaints eg rudeness, repeated stopping?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Stop & Search (4)
Question No: 355 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

You currently provide a breakdown of Stop & Search rates and arrest rates on the GLA Datastore.

Could you please provide a breakdown of Stop & Searches by ethnicity?

Please also add this Data to the GLA London Datastore.

Written response from the Mayor

The table below shows the number of Stop and Searches (PACE) broken down by ethnicity.

  White Black Asian Other Unknown Total searched (PACE)
Dec-11 16602 10604 5519 1024 92 33841
Jan-12 21612 14483 7602 1456 160 45313
Feb-12 17358 10945 5851 1119 113 35386
Mar-12 17810 12314 6306 1204 96 37730
Apr-12 14939 9798 5019 972 73 30801
May-12 14833 9695 5044 1066 83 30721
Jun-12 14016 9505 4723 906 97 29247
Jul-12 15935 10681 5421 1045 101 33183
Aug-12 14004 10532 4894 857 78 30365
Sep-12 12976 8810 4408 926 61 27181
Oct-12 14329 8813 4434 895 70 28541
Nov-12 15031 8889 4376 982 99 29377
Dec-12 12918 7634 3742 818 57 25169

Please note that these are the latest stops and searches figures, the download from the Stops database was on the 22 January 2013. Numbers are likely to increase as boroughs continue to enter stops and searches onto the database system.

Please note that this data is readily available from the Metropolitan Police Service Publication Scheme web page:

http://www.met.police.uk/foi/units/stop_and_search.htm

We are currently carrying out a consultation on the draft Police and Crime Plan. Once this is complete we will be carrying out a review of what is provided to the London Data Store in light of the finalised plan.

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Stop & Search (5)
Question No: 356 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

You currently provide a breakdown of Stop & Search rates and arrest rates on the GLA Datastore.

Could you please provide a breakdown of Stop & Search arrest rates by ethnicity?

Please also add this Data to the GLA London Datastore.

Written response from the Mayor

The table below shows arrests rates for PACE and other searches (excluding s60) broken down by ethnicity.

  White Black Asian Other Not Stated
Dec-11 8.73% 9.10% 6.49% 10.71% 8.84%
Jan-12 8.78% 9.15% 6.53% 10.72% 8.92%
Feb-12 9.15% 10.51% 7.54% 13.04% 7.27%
Mar-12 9.24% 10.16% 8.55% 11.38% 5.56%
Apr-12 10.02% 11.49% 8.32% 10.38% 5.56%
May-12 10.58% 11.22% 7.79% 9.93% 7.59%
Jun-12 11.61% 12.48% 8.95% 12.59% 15.05%
Jul-12 11.28% 12.32% 8.71% 15.04% 9.89%
Aug-12 11.46% 12.69% 8.99% 15.88% 15.07%
Sep-12 12.03% 13.27% 8.29% 11.93% 9.84%
Oct-12 11.42% 12.82% 9.29% 14.16% 18.18%
Nov-12 11.92% 13.34% 9.15% 13.22% 13.13%
Dec-12 13.77% 14.62% 10.37% 14.55% 14.04%

Please note that the December 2012 data is the latest stops and searches figures, the download from the Stops database was on the 22 January 2013. Numbers are likely to increase as boroughs continue to enter stops and searches onto the database system.

Please note that this data is readily available from the Metropolitan Police Service Publication Scheme web page:

http://www.met.police.uk/foi/units/stop_and_search.htm

We are currently carrying out a consultation on the draft Police and Crime Plan. Once this is complete we will be carrying out a review of what is provided to the London Data Store in light of the finalised plan.

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Stop & Search (6)
Question No: 357 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

You currently provide a breakdown of Stop & Search rates and arrest rates on the GLA Datastore.

Could you please also provide a breakdown by month of Stop & Searches identifying the legislation that they were carried out under (eg: Sec 1 PACE, Sec 60 etc)?

Please also publish this Data on the GLA Datastore.

Written response from the Mayor

Please find attached as Appendix 5 a breakdown of stop and searches in the MPS identifying the legislation that they were carried out under.

Please note that this data is readily available from the Metropolitan Police Service Publication Scheme web page:

http://www.met.police.uk/foi/units/stop_and_search.htm

We are currently carrying out a consultation on the draft Police and Crime Plan. Once this is complete we will be carrying out a review of what is provided to the London Data Store in light of the finalised plan. My Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime will also be working with Cllr Duwayne Brooks to further enhance our existing mechanisms.

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Stop & Account (1)
Question No: 358 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please providea breakdown of Stop & Accounts by month and by ethnicity across London?

Please also publish this Data on the GLA Datastore.

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Stop & Account (2)
Question No: 359 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide the arrest rate for Stop & Account by month across London?

Please also publish this Data on the GLA Datastore.

Written response from the Mayor

The Metropolitan Police Service cannot return the arrest rate for stop and account as requested as this is not recorded.

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MPS Gang Trident
Question No: 360 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

What are the MPS’s plans for the MPS’s Gang Trident initiative? Are any changes proposed under the new police and crime plan or re-profiling of the Met’s workforce?

Written response from the Mayor

At this time, all pan-London investigative units and their areas of responsibility are being reviewed under the “Met Change” programme. Once plans have been outlined, I will be in a position to share these.

Be assured that tackling gangs in London remains a key priority for me as Mayor.

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MPS Sapphire
Question No: 361 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

What are the plans for the MPS’s Sapphire Command? Are any changes proposed under the new police and crime plan or re-profiling of the Met’s workforce? Please detail any change.

Written response from the Mayor

At this time, all pan-London investigative units and their areas of responsibility are being reviewed under the “Met Change” programme. Once plans have been outlined, I will be in a position to share these.

Be assured also that tackling rape and other forms of violence against women and girls remain a key priority for me as Mayor.

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MPS Human Trafficking
Question No: 362 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

What are the plans for the MPS’s Human Trafficking Unit? Are any changes proposed under the new police and crime plan or re-profiling of the Met’s workforce?

Written response from the Mayor

At this time, all pan-London investigative units and their areas of responsibility are being reviewed under the “Met Change” programme. Once plans have been outlined, I will be in a position to share these.

Be assured that human trafficking and prostitution, along with other forms of Violence Against Women and Girls, remain a key priority for me as Mayor.

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Phone Hacking Investigations
Question No: 363 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please list the number of police officers involved in the various MPS investigations associated with phone hacking? How many officers have been suspended and/or removed from these investigations due to concerns about their integrity?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Stationary Motor Vehicle Offences
Question No: 364 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

A resident has raised concern over a risk of confusion and miscommunication between TfL, the Metropolitan police and the DVLA when it comes to prosecuting stationary motor vehicle offences. The resident suggests that all stationary motor vehicle offences should be dealt with by one organisation to avoid confusion. What is your view on this?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Police bicycle clothing
Question No: 365 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

I am pleased to hear that a vacancy in the Tottenham Hale Safer Neighbourhood Team has been filled recently. However, I have been informed by a local residents group that there has been a freeze on the budget and the Safer Neighbourhood Team is unable to equip the new officer with the appropriate uniform to be able to use the bicycles which are a necessity in Tottenham Hale. Do you think that it is acceptable that we cannot provide our officers with the equipment needed to perform their duties?

Written response from the Mayor

As part of proposals to deliver significant savings over the next three years a freeze had been placed on the ordering of new cycle uniforms. This has now been lifted, although the need to ensure economy remains. 

If a borough identifies a clear operational need, cycle uniform and training will be provided.

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Junction safety at Milton Grove /A406
Question No: 366 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Residents are concerned about safety at this junction and have reported recent accidents to myself and TfL. TfL had previously promised to consider any measures once the A406 scheme had been completed and to monitor the situation. What action is being planned to improve safety at this junction?

Written response from the Mayor

Since the completion of the Bounds Green Scheme in March 2012, TfL has been monitoring its operation. Concerns were raised by local residents regarding the junction of the A406 with Milton Grove, and in June 2012, TfL implemented a number of further measures including:

  • A wider ‘Keep Clear’ area with width increased from 5m to 12m to provide better visibility to drivers turning right from the A406 into Milton Grove
  • ‘SLOW’ marking on each lane to caution drivers approaching the junction
  • Warning lines between the lanes on the approach to the junction

TfL is now investigating further changes to this junction as these additional measures have had only a partial impact in terms of addressing residents’ concerns. One proposal is to realign the kerb to narrow the crossing distance of right turning vehicles. This measure would shorten the left turning lane to Bowes Road and the straight ahead lane to Wilmer Way, and the traffic impacts of this approach are currently being investigated.

Subject to the successful completion of this investigation, a temporary application of this measure is planned in February 2013, to test the proposal.

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Metropolitan Police Wildlife Unit
Question No: 367 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Funding for the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Unit comes to an end in March 2013. What action are you taking to prevent the closure of the only force-level wildlife unit in the UK?

Written response from the Mayor

This is incorrect. The MPS currently allocates £142,514 to the Unit. This is supplemented by £100,000 per annum from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). This has enabled the Unit to increase its strength by two additional posts. The MPS is bound by a contract with WSPA to fund three MPS posts in the Unit to 31st March 2014 when the position will be reviewed.

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Fire Cuts in Enfield
Question No: 368 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many fire fighters will be cut in Enfield as a result of your cuts to the fire service? Please provide details of current levels and planned levels over the next three years.

Written response from the Mayor

The London Fire Brigade plans emergency cover on a London-wide basis, and fire engines will be mobilised from any station to deal with emergency incidents. The proposals within the draft London Safety Plan include the alternate crewing of the urban search and rescue modules (USAR). Edmonton is USAR location and this change in crewing would mean there would be eight fewer firefighter posts in Enfield.

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Fire Cuts in Haringey
Question No: 369 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many fire fighters will be cut in Haringey as a result of your cuts to the fire service? Please provide details of current levels and planned levels over the next three years.

Written response from the Mayor

The London Fire Brigade plans emergency cover on a London-wide basis, and fire engines will be mobilised from any station to deal with emergency incidents. There are no proposals in the Plan which impact directly on fire stations located in the London Borough of Haringey.

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Safer Transport Teams (1)
Question No: 370 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Will London’s safer Transport Teams see a reduction in Funding over the next three financial years?

If so please outline the specific reductions.

Written response from the Mayor

The TfL Business Plan provisions maintain current levels of TfL funding for the Safer Transport Command, which includes Safer Transport Teams.

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Safter Transport Teams (2)
Question No: 371 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Will London’s Safer Transport Teams see any change in their staffing levels over the next three financial years?

Written response from the Mayor

There are currently no plans to change the level of uniformed officers in Safer Transport Teams.

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TfL FOI disclosure
Question No: 372 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

I note that TfL’s FOI disclosure log has not been updated since July 2011. Could you please provide the full details of the information request referred to in this BBC article pusblised on the18 January 2013 “London night buses see ‘50% crime rise’”http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-21013108 and also ensure that this information is provided on the TfL website?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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