Mayor ditches police numbers target weeks after raising council tax

– Removes £38million from Met’s police officer staffing budget Responding to the Mayor’s decision to cut £38million from the Met’s recruitment budget, London Assembly member Gareth Bacon said: “Even for a Mayor who has rowed back on almost all of his major pre-election pledges, this is an astonishing development. “Just three weeks ago Sadiq Khan announced he was raising council tax in order to maintain…

Mayor’s terrorism review has serious ‘lack of focus’

On the release of the Mayor of London’s Harris Review on terrorism preparedness London Assembly Member Gareth Bacon said: “Though the intentions of the Harris Review were noble, and it has some good recommendations such as the Mayor attending Cobra meetings, it has a serious lack of focus. “Of the 127 recommendation nearly 50% are not even within the Mayor’s powers. “We appreciate detail but…

Response to the resignation of Sir Bernard Hogan Howe

At the last Police and Crime Committee, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime said that she had full confidence in Sir Bernard. What has changed in less than a week? It has been clear for some time that Sadiq Khan would push out Sir Bernard, not because he has a better option lined up or because Sir Bernard had failed at his job, but…

Better reporting needed to eradicate FGM in London

– Mayor challenged to act after ‘appalling’ number of cases in capital Social workers, medical professionals and teachers need to help identify young girls at risk of FGM after an ‘appalling’ number of the crimes were reported in London. Assembly Member Andrew Boff will be challenging Boris Johnson to take decisive action after it was reported that London accounted for more than half the number…

Sound cannon could be the water cannon alternative London needs

The Home Secretary has made the wrong decision in not allowing the Metropolitan Police the use of water cannon. Not only are water cannon a better alternative to rubber bullets, they act as a powerful visual deterrent to violence. Another crowd control alternative is now required and I suggest the Met adopt Sound Cannon. They are low cost, safe, extremely mobile, and would be very…

Gunfire detectors in ‘soft targets’ could slash armed response times and save lives

National pilot of kit in 50 undisclosed, high-footfall national sites would cost less than 1pc of annual anti-terror budget ‘Soft’ terror targets such as hospitals, museums, train stations and shopping malls should be kitted out with gunfire alarms, according to GLA Conservative Roger Evans. Currently trialled in the US, the smoke alarm sized detectors use heat and sound to detect gunfire, automatically alert police, and…

Drunk fines fall by a third despite hospital admissions rising

“Random police visits to A&Es on trouble nights targeting repeat drunks with fines” London: The number of fines handed out to London’s drunks are drastically falling, despite hospital admissions rising year on year. The new figures come as part of the next phase of GLA Conservative Tony Arbour’s campaign* to cut the cost of binge drinking. New FOI figures for the Capital show: · Drunk…

Almost half of all crimes 'ignored' by police

40% of burglaries, 23% of robberies and 76% of car thefts not investigated by UK’s biggest force “If you are a thief, you can rest assured that over three quarters of your crimes, reported by victims, will be ignored by police” Almost half (45%) of all crimes are not investigated by the Met – the UK’s biggest police force – according to the 2012/13 figures…