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BBC: New London Police and Crime plan to provide extra PC in each ward

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New London Police and Crime plan to provide extra PC in each ward

  • 1 hour ago
  • From the section London

An extra police constable will be added to every ward in London under plans unveiled by the city's mayor.

Each borough will also focus on priorities set for their local area while there will be improved support for victims, Sadiq Khan said.

Mr Khan said the plan "restores real neighbourhood policing" and "puts victims... at the heart of what we do".

The Conservatives accused the mayor of having "noble intentions" but "a distinct lack of detail".

Each of the 629 wards currently has one dedicated PC and one police community support officer (PCSO).

Under the plan at least one more officer will be assigned to work in every area by the end of 2017 to "provide greater visibility, contact and reassurance in communities".

Other ideas set out by Mr Khan include:

  • Appointing London's first independent Victims' Commissioner to improve support given to victims
  • More specialist firearms officers to protect against potential terror attacks
  • More officers working in London school's to help protect children
  • Improving training for police officers on the handling of cases of sexual and domestic abuse
  • Launching an online hate crime hub to provide a dedicated response to web-based hate crimes

The Met will also no longer be given fixed crime reduction targets but focus on how well they tackle set local priorities in each borough.

Sophie Linden, deputy mayor for Policing and Crime, said the plan "enables the police... to make the biggest difference we can with the resources we have."

But Conservative London Assembly member Steve O'Connell said the change "to borough-specific targets will make it difficult to assess progress across London as a whole".

"We will have to wait and see what impact this plan has in real terms on our streets," he said

LINK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39327263

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Isn't this all old news? The second DWO was implemented on my borough months ago. Firearms have had there 600 uplift and every secondary school has a dedicated schools officer.

No point in having a online hate hub as soon as Met CC receive a call they haven't got the backbone to refer them to report online.

Improving training for officers on sexual and domestic abuse? Most are not even out of there probation.

That's my thoughts on the London Police Crime plan.


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I thought the same.... in a way, much of it is old news that is being re-cycled yet again:

  • the additional DWO's previously wasn't an additional PC to every ward. Now they are saying every ward, so it's possibly an expansion of an existing policy if anything
  • firearms have been continually been uplifted for some time
  • Domestic violence training has been a key priority for some time and will remain a priority

I welcome the idea that the Met aren't going to have Met-wide corporate targets given to them, but instead local targets that mean local officers are focusing on specific local problems.

Many other forces and organisations have had a online crime reporting for hate crimes and many more crimes than the Met for some time. It's a shame that we're so far behind on this, but I welcome the move.

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And, if it were to come about where are the officers coming from, diplomatic protection?  :)

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1 hour ago, Zulu 22 said:

And, if it were to come about where are the officers coming from, diplomatic protection?  :)

Oh it's just a re-shuffling of numbers around neighbourhoods and to/from response. It's nothing they haven't done before. It won't make a difference, but it makes for nice headlines.

And people call me cynical!

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Officer's have to come from somewhere. Just shuffling officers to deceive does no one any favours.There will still be shortages.

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Welcome to the world of politics.

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It's akin to officers walking in one door, jumping out the window and running around the outside of the building to come back in the door again, all whilst a man covered in medals and scrambled egg beams at the camera "just look at all these police officers we've got!"

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52 minutes ago, obsidian_eclipse said:

It's akin to officers walking in one door, jumping out the window and running around the outside of the building to come back in the door again, all whilst a man covered in medals and scrambled egg beams at the camera "just look at all these police officers we've got!"

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Love that. I couldn't have put it better myself.

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5 hours ago, Zulu 22 said:

Officer's have to come from somewhere. Just shuffling officers to deceive does no one any favours.There will still be shortages.

The last time they did this in 2013, they told everyone there was now loads of neighbourhoods officers and they were providing coverage from 7am to 11pm every day, instead of just specific times during the week. No more 'your neighbourhoods officers are on rest day'. 30 officers for your area instead of 2. What they failed to make clear to the public, was it was the same group of 4-6 people on shift at any time were covering about 8 wards all the time, as the neighbourhood wards were clustered together to make it work. So yes, there were more officers. But the area they covered had increased massively. And when they got the big increase in officers, they also got a big increase in responsibilities.... such as all local aid, crime scenes, hospital guards, constant watches, diary car, front office, etc.... And then there was only 1 of those offices ring-fenced and dedicated to your local area, where as before the massive increase, there were 2 dedicated PCs, who wanted to be there, albeit without providing day time cover every single day.

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