Late answers from June and July Mayor’s Question Time

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

Specialist Operations Unit
Question No: 2079 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a breakdown of officer strength in the Specialist Operations Unit by team from November 2012 and April 2013.

Written response from the Mayor
In November 2012, officer strength within Specialist Operations Business group stood at 3,463. At the beginning of April 2013 police officer strength stood at 3,361.

It is a long established policy not to comment upon the size of individual units involved in protection, security and counter terrorism. Disclosure of such information could compromise the integrity of those arrangements. However, the unit is at sufficient strength to deliver its remit.

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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
For the contact points set up to date (all in MOPAC owned or leased properties), no additional cost has been incurred with the exception of signage installation. The cost for signage can be confirmed for the whole LPM model following go live of Tranche Two.

Costs for those contact points that will be established in partner accommodation may vary from those in MOPAC properties; however, we expect costs to be minimal.

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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
For the contact points set up to date (all in MOPAC owned or leased properties), no additional cost has been incurred with the exception of signage installation.  The cost for signage can be confirmed for the whole LPM model following go live of Tranche Two.

Costs for those contact points that will be established in partner accommodation may vary from those in MOPAC properties; however, we expect costs to be minimal.

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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
New Police Constables are required to obtain a pre-joining qualification called the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP).The cost of the CKP varies from £800 to £1,000, depending on the chosen provider. Other costs associated with uniform provision and training following successful applications are covered by the MPS.

The MPS is currently doing some work to determine whether the cost of the course is a barrier to entry that needs to be addressed, and if so, what financial support might be feasible to ensure those from low-income backgrounds are not put off applying.

I committed in my manifesto to work with the MPS Commissioner to create a police force that looks more like London. For the MPS to be at its strongest, it must reflect, and be fully accepted by, the population it seeks to serve.

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