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London Bridge businesses shape the future of policing in the capital

 

In December 2016 the Mayor of London published his Draft Police and Crime Plan for London – a document that outlined policing priorities for 2017-2021 and the way in which the Metropolitan Police will be structured to deliver these priorities.

A key focus for Team London Bridge has always been improving safety and security within the district. Although this is usually delivered through operational services, we have an important role to play in lobbying for business interests at a strategic, political level. As secretariat for the Southwark Security & Resilience Forum, Team London Bridge therefore consulted with members to produce a formal response to the Police and Crime plan. A summary of the response is given below and the full version can be accessed here.

  • We are disappointed to see such little reference made to business crime and policing within commercial districts. Keeping Londoners safe at their place of work must be made a priority.
  • We welcome the strengthening of neighbourhood policing and guarantee of at least two dedicated constables and one PCSO per ward.
  • We are concerned over the proposal to merge Borough Command Units – potentially undermining the benefits of localised neighbourhood policing.
  • MOPAC’s match funding for Met Patrol Plus officers (additional, externally funded officers) must be guaranteed throughout the current mayoral term until 2021.
  • Where formal business groups exist (such as BIDs and BCRPs) they should be given a role in agreeing local crime and policing priorities. 
  • The emphasis on preventing radicalisation is necessary, however very little attention is given to the Protect and Prepare elements of CONTEST – this must be addressed.
  • The current provision of 18 Counter Terrorism Security Advisors across 32 London boroughs leaves them stretched and only able to dedicate time to the most high-risk targets. Each borough should have their own dedicated CTSA.
  • The police are ill equipped to deal with the growing problem of homelessness and its related issues; it’s therefore placing a strain on their time which can be better used elsewhere. More resources must be given to other agencies to address the problem (mental health services, outreach teams, employment & skills training and supported living).

 

 
22 March 2017


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