Outstanding answers from Mayor’s Question Time between March and July 2013

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

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
The consultation of public access closed in March this year and changes are currently being made as the Local Policing Model (LPM) is rolled out.

Details of all the services offered at Contact Points can be found in the Policing and Public Access in London document published alongside the Police and Crime Plan on 25 March.

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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
Since the draft Police and Crime Plan consultation, a large number of SNT bases have become contact points and opened to the public for the first time. Details of their location can be found in the borough documentation on MOPAC’s website.

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Status Dogs Unit Officer Numbers
Question No: 1553 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide the number of officers in the Status Dogs Unit per month from 2008 to date.

Written response from the Mayor
The Status Dog Unit is funded for 1 Inspector, 1 Police Sergeant and 5 Police Constables.  It has been fully staffed since 2008.

A plan is in place to expand the capacity of the unit to increase the training given to front line dog units. So far, 35 out of an eligible 185 officers have been trained to provide assistance and support to operational units in identifying and dealing with dangerous dogs.  A training programme of 15 officers bi-monthly is now in place.

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Police Officer Numbers
Question No: 1560 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

The number of police officers in the MPS has been declining month on month since May 2010. In May 2010 we had 33,147 officers in London, we now have 30,465*. That is a loss of 2,682 officers. What are you doing to arrest this continual decline?

*Feb 2013 figures

Written response from the Mayor
The 2013 – 16 budget provides for phased growth in police officer numbers from the current strength to 31,200 by 31 March 2014 and then to around 32,000 by March 2015. This will be supported by a drive to recruit around 5,000 officers beginning this year.  Along with changes to rank mix, this will ensure that we can keep officer numbers high and deliver on the pledge to boost neighbourhood teams by 2,600 officers.

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Cost of Police officers
Question No: 1569 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many police officers over three years would £800,000 pay for?

Written response from the Mayor
Once all appropriate employment costs are taken into account this could fund five constables each year.

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Screening Out Crime
Question No: 2088 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide a breakdown of numbers of crimes and crime types that were screened out by month in 2012/2013?

Written response from the Mayor
All crime is subject to a primary investigation. Crime Screening is a long-standing national process that enables police forces to ensure that resources are efficiently and effectively deployed for the investigation of crime. The screening policy is not driven by resources but by the availability of usable evidence of a crime. Where good leads and available forensic evidence is at hand the investigation moves from the initial stage to a secondary investigation so suspects can be identified and charged.

The decision to refer a crime to secondary investigation is now taken centrally by the Crime Recording and Investigation Bureau (CRIB). Although Boroughs retain small Case Management Units to ensure crimes are allocated to the correct teams and to carry out administrative functions.

The table below shows the number of crimes not referred to secondary investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service in financial year to 2012/13, broken down by crime type.
 

 

Violence Against The Person

Sexual Offences

Robbery

Burglary

Theft & Handling

Fraud & Forgery

Criminal Damage

Drugs

Other Notifiable Offences

Grand Total

Apr-12

1462

22

830

3612

18476

1161

3213

15

18

28809

May 12

1663

17

830

3576

21031

1177

3639

11

29

31973

Jun 12

1470

15

776

3425

19679

1273

3506

20

13

30177

Jul 12

1467

19

712

3206

19704

1248

3270

24

20

29670

Aug 12

1464

16

590

3235

18914

1181

3254

17

30

28701

Sep 12

1334

13

552

3183

17410

1276

2818

8

27

26621

Oct 12

1364

18

691

3936

20237

1350

2980

14

24

30614

Nov 12

1260

19

680

4291

19769

1321

3177

10

24

30551

Dec 12

1173

7

645

3926

18181

1141

2699

6

22

27800

Jan 13

1313

16

617

4196

18683

1133

2963

14

23

28958

Feb 13

1075

15

546

4180

17410

649

2921

12

16

26824

Mar 13

1086

11

538

4030

17728

545

2714

16

23

26691

FY 2012/13

16131

188

8007

44796

227222

13455

37154

167

269

347389

These figures fluctuate as crimes which are not referred to secondary investigation in the first instance can be revisited at a later stage as new evidence becomes available, for example when new recorded instances of crime provide fresh lines of enquiry for older unsolved crimes.

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Recruitment of Police Officers (2)
Question No: 2090 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many police officers will there be in the Metropolitan Police in May 2014?

Written response from the Mayor
The MPS will recruit around 2,300 new constables in 2013/14, 2,000 in 2014/15 and 1,150 in 2015/16. These numbers are approximate and rely on the current level of turnover continuing and recruitment being delivered to the planned timelines.

During the financial year 2013/14 police officer numbers are expected to rise from 30,235 to 31,209. During the financial year 2014/15, police officer numbers are expected to rise to around 32,000 in line with my Police and Crime Plan. 

Recruitment of Police Officers (3)
Question No: 2091 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many police officers will there be in the Metropolitan Police in May 2015?

Written response from the Mayor
The MPS will recruit around 2,300 new constables in 2013/14, 2,000 in 2014/15 and 1,150 in 2015/16. These numbers are approximate and rely on the current level of turnover continuing and recruitment being delivered to the planned timelines.

During the financial year 2014/15 police officer numbers are expected to rise from 31,209 to around 32,000 in line with my Police and Crime Plan.

Recruitment of Police Officers (4)
Question No: 2092 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many police officers will there be in the Metropolitan Police in May 2016?

Written response from the Mayor
The MPS plan to recruit approximately 5,000 new officers over the next 3 years to achieve an officer strength of 31,957 by 31 March 2016.

During the financial year 2015/16 police officer numbers are expected to stay at around 32,000 in line with my Police and Crime Plan.

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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

MPS records show that the following numbers of people were proceeded against in the period January 2010 – June 2013.  The data provides information on people proceeded against (PPA) 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.)

We are unable to provide the injury class as the injury class belongs to the victim, and not the PPA.  There can be multiple victims and PPA on a single record, and there is no way of linking a specific PPA to a specific victim, and thus the injury that they have caused.

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

In addition, knife crime potentially encompasses a very broad range of offences and this causes problems in both the definition and determination of its prevalence. Whilst the data in the table captures crime where the perpetrator was in possession of a knife, it may not be the case that the possession of the knife was the direct cause of the injury sustained by the victim.

The following data is displayed by month and year.

MQ 2553

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