July 2013 Mayor’s Question Time Answers

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

MOPAC responses to Assembly Questions
Question No: 2537 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Do you think it’s reasonable that of the 22 questions I asked you about policing last month you only answered 5 on time? What processes are you putting in place to ensure a better performance?

Written response from the Mayor
I apologise for the delay in responding to your questions. Given the importance of Mayor’s questions (MQs), the complexity of the questions and the significant time constraints involved MOPAC continuously keeps its MQ process under review. Delays are often caused because MOPAC does not hold the data required to respond to the vast majority of the questions put to it and has to rely on other parties such as the Metropolitan Police Service in order to respond. 

We recognise that MOPAC’s MQ turnaround times in June were not good enough. We also note that Assembly Members have the ability to provide their questions one week in advance of the usual deadlines, giving functional bodies more time to answer them.

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Safer Neighbourhood Teams
Question No: 2538 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide a list of PC and Sergeant target strength, actual strength and vacancy levels per Borough for May 2013 for London’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams?

Written response from the Mayor
The table below sets out the target* and actual strengths at 31 May 2013 for the Safer Neighbourhood Teams across London.

Rank Target Strength Actual Strength 31 May 2013 Vacancies
Sergeants 487 380 -107
Constables 1260 1,402 +142
PCSOs 1,260 1,717 +457

*NB – The targets are those prior to the implementation of the Local Policing Model (LPM) whilst the actual strength reflects the gradual transition to the LPM with new Neighbourhood Policing structures. Information is taken from the MPS corporate HR system.

Details of individual SNTs are provided in the spreadsheet attached as Appendix 1.

Lambeth borough has been piloting a new model of response policing. This model incorporates the SNTs and it is not possible to separate out sergeants. Consequently, the HR records show no Sergeants attached to SNTs in Lambeth compared to the target of 21.

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Police Officer Turnover
Question No: 2539 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please give the level of police officer turnover of the MPS for 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13?

Written response from the Mayor
Police Officer turnover, i.e. Full Time Equivalents (FTE) departing the MPS, in the last three years has been:

2010/11          1,355

2011/12          1,641

2012/13          1,891

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Contact Points (1)
Question No: 2540 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please list all of the contact points that have been agreed across London, broken down by Borough.

Written response from the Mayor
Details of all the confirmed contact points can be found in the public access documentation for each borough on the MOPAC website. Future potential contact points are currently being explored at a borough level.

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Contact Points (2)
Question No: 2541 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

What is the cost to the MPS so far of the contact points that have been agreed across London?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Contact Points (3)
Question No: 2542 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

You have stated that “the individual cost of contact points is dependent on a number of factors and will vary from location to location”. Please list the individual costs of the Contact Points agreed so far.

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly. 

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Cost of becoming a police officer (1)
Question No: 2543 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

What is the estimated cost to a candidate to become a fully qualified Police Constable? Please provide a breakdown of how you arrive at this estimate.

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Cost of becoming a police officer (2)
Question No: 2544 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

On average how much does it cost the MPS to train a new recruit to become a fully qualified police officer?

Written response from the Mayor
The average cost of training a new recruit is £2,124.00 (excluding wages, uniform, accommodation, equipment etc)

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Certificate of Policing – Gender and Ethnicity
Question No: 2545 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a breakdown of the gender and ethnicity of candidates who have sat the exams for the Certificate of Policing so far.

Written response from the Mayor
The College of Policing operates an Approved Provider Scheme for providers of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing.

From September 2013 all providers registered with the scheme will be required to provide data about the candidate profile in compliance with the Equality Act 2010.

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Gender and Ethnicity of New Recruits
Question No: 2546 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide the figures for 2013/14 so far for new recruits broken down by gender and by ethnicity.

Written response from the Mayor
The latest figures (30 June 2013) show 639 new recruits have joined the MPS since 01 April 2013. These numbers include 223 (34.9%) female officers and 99 (15.5%) BME officers.

The MPS is about to embark on a significant programme of recruitment. I have asked Ray Lewis to form a taskforce to develop sustainable and creative initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of MPS police officers.

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Exams for promotion
Question No: 2547 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

What criteria to the MPS apply in allowing a candidate sit the Ospre exams for promotion to sergeant?

Written response from the Mayor
Admission to the OSPRE Part I examination for promotion to the rank of sergeant is currently restricted to constables who by the date of the examination must:

•          Have completed two years service.

•          Have been confirmed in their appointment as a substantive constable.

•          Do not currently hold a valid OSPRE part 1 pass.

•          Have had their line manager certify, in their PDR for the reporting year ending 31 March (i.e. in the year in which they apply to sit the exam), that they are competent in their current rank i.e. have achieved an overall box marking of 3 or higher. If this authority is not given or is withdrawn the officer will not be entered into the examination.

•          Have met the MPS Attendance Management Criteria

•          Have no live written improvement notices issued under the Police (Performance) Regulations) 2008 or reduction in rank under those procedures in the previous 18 months.

•          Have no live written warning, final written warning or extended final written warning issued under the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2008.

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Knife Crime (1)
Question No: 2548 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide data on the amount of victims of knife crime where a knife was used to injure, by Borough, by Age Group and by Financial Year from 2008/9 to 2012/13.

Written response from the Mayor
Appendix 2 provides data on the amount of victims of crime where a knife was used to injure by borough from 2008 – 2013.

The data sets in MQ 2548, 2549, 2553 are irreconcilable with the data sets in MQs 2550, 2551, 2552. A comparison between the victims of knife crime where a knife was used to injure with the perpetrators of knife crime where a knife was used to injure would not provide robust outcome.

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Knife Crime (2)
Question No: 2549 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide data on the amount of victims of Knife Crime where Knife was used to Injure, by Borough and by Age Group For the period February 2012 to date.

Written response from the Mayor
The attached tables in Appendix 3 provide data on the amount of victims of knife crime where a knife was used to injure by borough and age group covering the period from February 2012 to date.

The data sets in MQ 2548, 2549, 2553 are irreconcilable with the data sets in MQs 2550, 2551, 2552. A comparison between the victims of knife crime where a knife was used to injure with the perpetrators of knife crime where a knife was used to injure would not provide robust outcome.

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Knife Crime (3)
Question No: 2550 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide data on the amount of perpetrators of knife crime where a knife was used to injure, by Borough, by Age Group and by Financial Year from 2008/9 to 2012/13.

Written response from the Mayor
MPS records show that the following numbers of people were proceeded against for knife crime where a knife was used to injure. The data provides information on ‘people proceeded against’ only, namely those individuals who have been accused of an offence and proceeded against resulting in a detection (i.e.: charge, summons, fixed penalty notice, taken into consideration or caution.)

The data sets in MQ 2548, 2549, 2553 are irreconcilable with the data sets in MQs 2550, 2551, 2552. A comparison between the victims of knife crime where a knife was used to injure with the perpetrators of knife crime where a knife was used to injure would not provide robust outcome. For example, a perpetrator can be proceeded against for multiple offences but would only be counted once.

The following data in Appendix 4 is by borough, financial years and age group.

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Knife Crime (4)
Question No: 2551 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide data on the amount of perpetrators of Knife Crime where Knife was used to Injure, by Borough and by Age Group For the period February 2012 to date.

Written response from the Mayor
MPS records show that the following numbers of people were proceeded against from the period February 2012 to date for knife crime where a knife was used to injure. The data provides information on ‘people proceeded against’ only, namely those individuals who have been accused of an offence and proceeded against resulting in a detection (i.e.: charge, summons, fixed penalty notice, taken into consideration or caution.)

The data sets in MQ 2548, 2549, 2553 are irreconcilable with the data sets in MQs 2550, 2551, 2552. A comparison between the victims of knife crime where a knife was used to injure with the perpetrators of knife crime where a knife was used to injure would not provide robust outcome. For example, a perpetrator can be proceeded against for multiple offences but would only be counted once.

The following data in Appendix 5 is by borough, financial years and age group.

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Knife Crime (5)
Question No: 2552 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a breakdown of the number of victims of knife crime broken down by month and year and injury class from Jan 2010 to date.

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Knife Crime (6)
Question No: 2553 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a breakdown of the number of perpetrators of knife crime broken down by month and year and injury class from Jan 2010 to date.

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Serious Youth Violence (1)
Question No: 2554 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a breakdown of Serious Youth Violence perpetrators by Borough and Age Group for financial year 2011/12 and 2012/13.

Written response from the Mayor
MPS data indicates that the following numbers of people have been proceeded against* for Serious Youth Violence in the period 1st April 2011 – 31st March 2013.  The data provides information on ‘people proceeded against’ only, namely those individuals who have been accused of an offence and proceeded against, resulting in a detection (ie: charge, summons, fixed penalty notice, taken into consideration or caution.)

The data sets in MQ 2554 are irreconcilable with the data sets in MQ 2555 and therefore a comparison between the victims of Serious Youth Violence with the perpetrators of Serious Youth Violence would not provide robust outcome. For example, a perpetrator of Serious Youth Violence could be proceeded against for multiple offences but would only be counted once in this table.

This data in Appendix 6 is displayed by borough, financial year and age group of the person proceeded against.

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Serious Youth Violence (2)
Question No: 2555 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a breakdown of Serious Youth Violence victims by Borough and Age Group for financial year 2011/12 and 2012/13.

Written response from the Mayor
The following table provides data on the number of victims of Serious Youth Violence for the period 1st April 2011 – 31st March 2013.

The definition for Serious Youth Violence used by the MPS is as follows: ‘Any offence of most serious violence or weapon enabled crime, where the victim is aged 1-19.’

The data below is by borough, financial year and by age group of the victim.

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MOPAC Datastore- Definitions
Question No: 2556 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a definition for each of the crime categories listed on London Datastore. “Metropolitan Police Service Recorded Crime Figures and Associated Data”. Please include the crime types included in the categories, whether the figures refer to victims or perpetrators and any other relevant information.

Written response from the Mayor
A list of definitions will be published on the London Datastore by the end of July 2013.

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Use of Regulation A19
Question No: 2557 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Is the Metropolitan Police Service considering invoking regulation A19 which compels officers over 30 years’ service to retire?

Written response from the Mayor
MOPAC and the MPS has decided not to invoke Regulation A19 at this time.

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Effect of Regulation A19 on MPS
Question No: 2558 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

If the Metropolitan Police Service were to invoke regulation A19, how many officers would be forced to retire? Please detail numbers and rank.

Written response from the Mayor
MOPAC and the MPS have decided not to invoke Regulation A19 at this time.

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Police vehicles
Question No: 2559 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

What is the average time a police vehicle is unavailable due to routine maintenance/servicing?

Written response from the Mayor
On average a vehicle is in the workshop 22 days per year for maintenance.

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Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme (1)
Question No: 2560 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many mentors have now been trained and are ready for pairing with young people?

Written response from the Mayor
As of March 31st 2013, 443 mentors have been recruited, vetted and trained for participation in the Mayor’s Mentoring Programme. The validated figures for the first quarter of this financial year will be available in August.

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Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme (2)
Question No: 2561 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many pairings between mentors and young boys have now been made?

Written response from the Mayor
As of March 31st 2013, 274 boys had been successfully matched with fully vetted and trained mentors. The validated figures for the first quarter of this financial year will be available in August.

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Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme (3)
Question No: 2562 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many pairings between mentors and young boys have been unsuccessful?

Written response from the Mayor
The relationship between mentor and mentee is defined as a match after an agreement between both parties to meet on a regular basis is secured. Thereafter these matches are monitored at six and twelve months. It is too early in the programme to draw conclusive attrition rates.

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Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme (4)
Question No: 2563 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many young boys have been referred to the Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme?

Written response from the Mayor
As of March 31st 2013, 490 young boys had been referred to the Mayor’s Mentoring Programme. The validated figures for the first quarter of this financial year will be available in August.

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Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme in Haringey
Question No: 2564 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide me with an update regarding the establishment of the Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme in Haringey, including how many mentoring pairings have been made?

Written response from the Mayor
There are currently two delivery partners for the Mayor’s Mentoring Programme in the borough of Haringey; the Tottenham Hotspurs Foundation and Kori, (a local grass-roots organisation specialising is supporting young people and children). To date, there are 50 mentoring relationships underway in the borough; validated figures for the first quarter of this financial year will be available in August.

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Funerals of Police Officers
Question No: 2565 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

When a member of the armed services is killed in the service of their country, quite rightly, the MOD pays for the funeral but when a police officer is murdered on duty serving the people of London the funeral expenses are paid for by the Police Federation out of the officers own subscriptions. Do you agree that this arrangement should be reassessed?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

 

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