Late answers from Mayor’s Question Time from November 2013

Below are the answers received after deadline to written questions submitted to the Mayor by Joanne between January and September 2013.

Savings from closure of Front Counters
Question No: 1545 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Throughout the consultation on the Police and Crime Plan and the Estate Strategy you were unable to tell us how much in savings would be generated by the closure on front counters. Now that you have taken the decision to close the front counters are you able to tell us how much, in savings, their closure will generate? Please provide a breakdown of these savings per front counter.cycle

Written response from the Mayor

The Estates Strategy will deliver savings of £59 million by 2015/16. However, the primary reason for closing front counters is to reflect changes in how the public are accessing the police and free up police from sitting behind front counters, where they are underutilised, rather than being out in the community where the public want to see them. In addition the MPS is substantially enhancing public access with a ‘we come to you’ promise, offering all victims of crime an appointment in their own homes or at other convenient locations.

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Police Contact Points (2)
Question No: 3123 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your new contact points that are being rolled out across London Will your new police contact points have a private space where victims can report details of crime in a private and confidential manner?

Written response from the Mayor

Yes. A victim’s need for confidentiality and privacy will be accommodated at all times.

Third Party Payments for Police Officers
Question No: 3128 / 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

Excluding police officers funded through Home Office related grants the MPS currently has 2,153 police officers funded or part funded by third parties, details of these are provided in the table below. MOPAC and the MPS are currently discussing the future design of match funding arrangements with London Boroughs.

This review may result in boroughs and others changing their requirement by funding different number of officers in future.

 

Third Party

Number of Officers

Expiry Date Known Reductions
AEG/O2

3

In negotiation

 
Brunel University

0.74

11 July 2015

Cabinet Office

12

31 March 2014

Department for International Development

4

31 March 2016

Hammerson (Brent Cross)

3

31 March 2015

Heathrow Airport Limited

296

31 March 2016

Kingston University

4

31 July 2014

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

3

31 March 2014

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

5.75

04 July 2014

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

20

13 April 2015

London Borough of Bexley

2

31 August 2015

London Borough of Brent

2

07 June 2014

London Borough of Camden

2

29 May 2014

London Borough of Camden

16

31 March 2015

London Borough of Camden

2

11 January 2015

London Borough of Camden

0.61

In negotiation

London Borough of Croydon

5

30 September 2013

London Borough of Ealing

1

31 March 2014

London Borough of Ealing

10

31 March 2015

London Borough of Ealing

18

31 March 2014

London Borough of Greenwich

1

24 March 2014

London Borough of Hackney

1

31 March 2014

London Borough of Hackney

4

21 August 2014

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

16

15 January 2014

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

2

31 March 2015

Termination notice received with effect from 5 November 2014
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

20

15 January 2014

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

6

31 January 2014

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

1

In negotiation

London Borough of Harrow

1

31 March 2014

London Borough of Harrow

4

31 March 2014

London Borough of Hillingdon

11

31 March 2014

London Borough of Hounslow

10

17 October 2014

London Borough of Hounslow

2

31 March 2015

London Borough of Hounslow

2

31 March 2015

London Borough of Islington

7

31 March 2017

London Borough of Lambeth

1

31 May 2014

London Borough of Lewisham

6

31 May 2014

London Borough of Lewisham

1

24 August 2014

London Borough of Merton

1

In negotiation

London Borough of Newham

50

31 March 2014

Variation request reducing to 32 with effect from 6 February 2014
London Borough of Newham

14

31 March 2014

London Borough of Redbridge

2

31 March 2014

London Borough of Redbridge

13

31 October 2014

London Borough of Southwark

4

31 March 2014

London Borough of Sutton

4

22 July 2014

London Borough of Sutton

1

31 March 2014

London Borough of Sutton

0.5

In negotiation

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

16

31 March 2014

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

18

30 September 2015

London Borough of Waltham Forest

16

30 November 2014

London Borough of Waltham Forest

10

In negotiation

London Borough of Waltham Forest

1

31 March 2014

London Borough of Waltham Forest

1

30 November 2013

London Borough of Wandsworth

12

31 March 2015

London City Airport

22

31 March 2016

Olympic Park Legacy Co

4

In negotiation

Poplar HARCA

5

31 March 2015

Palace of Westminster

163.4

31 March 2015

Royal Borough of Greenwich

8

11 September 2014

Termination notice received with effect from 31 March 2014
Royal Borough of Greenwich

4

31 March 2014

Royal Borough of Greenwich

5

31 March 2014

Royal Borough of Greenwich

3

31 March 2015

Royal Borough of Greenwich

4

31 March 2014

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

1

31 March 2014

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

1

31 March 2014

UK Border Agency

2

31 December 2013

UK Payments Ltd

10

Perpetual

Victoria Business Improvement District

1

31 March 2014

West London Mental Health NHS Trust

1

31 March 2014

Westfield Stratford

7

12 September 2021

Westminster City Council

3

31 March 2014

Westminster City Council

1

31 March 2018

Westminster City Council

3

31 March 2015

World Society for Protection of Animals

1

31 March 2014

Asda Leyton Mills Retail Park

3

31 March 2014

Aviva
Colliers
Jones Lang LaSalle
Zurich Financial Services Ltd Plant & Agricultural National Intelligence Unit (PANIU) in SCO6

2

31 December 2013

Allianz Management Services Ltd
Aviva Insurance Services UK Ltd
HSB Engineering Insurance Ltd
NFU Mutual Management Company Ltd
Royal Sun Alliance Insurance (Global) Ltd
Northern Marine Underwriters Ltd
QBE European Operations plc
Sub total

924

Transport for London

1,229

Perpetual

Total inc. TfL

2,153

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Third Party Payments for PCSOs
Question No: 3129 / 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 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

Excluding police officers funded through Home Office related grants the MPS currently has 2,153 police officers funded or part funded by third parties, details of these are provided in the table below. MOPAC and the MPS are currently discussing the future design of match funding arrangements with London Boroughs.

This review may result in boroughs and others changing their requirement by funding different number of officers in future.

 

Third Party

Number of PCSOs

Expiry Date Known Reductions
Heathrow Airport Limited

34

31 March 2016

London Borough of Brent

3

31 March 2014

London Borough of Enfield

24

31 March 2014

London Borough of Islington

4

in negotiation

London Borough of Lambeth

22

29 May 2014

London Borough of Merton

2

in negotiation

London Borough of Sutton

6

22 July 2014

Paddington Business Improvement District

2

31 March 2015

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

58

31 March 2014

Uxbridge College

0.74

31 July 2014

Sub total

155.74

Transport for London

646

Perpetual

Total inc. TfL

801.74

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 Gang’s Czar (2)

Question No: 2013/4218
Joanne McCartney

How do you define ‘extreme violence’ and which parts of London are you finding these ‘pockets of extreme violence’?

Written response from the Mayor

Extreme violence includes crimes such as gang related stabbing or serious assault. There are areas in London were these types of crimes are more likely to occur. For this reason, the MPS has specialist gangs unit in particular boroughs and the Home Office’s Ending Gangs and Serious Youth Violence programme is targeted at specific boroughs. Violence is certainly not widespread in these boroughs. When it does occur, it happens in specific locations within the borough, which can be termed ‘pockets of extreme violence’. These pockets are identified through reporting of offences and other intelligence by the MPS and Local Authorities who collectively ensure resources are targeted where they are most required.

London, like many capital cities has areas where violence is more likely to occur. It is for this reason the Metropolitan Police Service has specialist gangs unit in particular boroughs and the Home Office’s Ending Gangs and Serious Youth Violence programme is targeted at specific boroughs. Violence is certainly not widespread in these boroughs. When it does occur it happens in specific locations. These locations are identified through reporting of offences and other intelligence by the Metropolitan Police Service and Local Authorities who collectively ensure resources are targeted where they are most required.

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London Crime Prevention Fund (3)
Question No: 2013/4221
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a full breakdown of projects funded through the Crime Prevention Fund?

Written response from the Mayor

Information on the projects MOPAC funded through the London Crime Prevention fund can be found on the website at: http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-crime/how-we-work/funding.

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Rise in Domestic Violence
Question No: 2013/4224
Joanne McCartney

What evaluative work is the MPS and/or MOPAC undertaking to understand the rise in reported cases of domestic violence?

Written response from the Mayor

The MPS is preparing a problem profile to identify whether the rise in reported cases is due to an actual rise in domestic violence rather than an increase in reporting levels. We know that Domestic Violence is an area of significant underreporting.

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Safer Neighbourhood Teams
Question No: 2013/4391
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide a list of PC, Sergeant, Inspector and PCSO target strength, actual strength and vacancy levels per Borough and per Ward for October 2010 for London’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams?

Written response from the Mayor

Please see my response to MQ 4390/ 2013.

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