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
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
- 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
- We are concerned over the proposal to merge
Borough Command Units – potentially undermining the benefits of localised
- 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
- 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).