ensure that boroughs will receive almost their full complement of
officers, in line with borough workforce targets, by 31 March 2003.
that police credibility would be damaged if a promise to introduce a
fairer distribution of officer numbers in London boroughs was not met
Following the decision of the co-ordination and policing committee
which met yesterday, MPA chair Toby Harris said:
'Members have agreed a scheme whereby the anticipated shortfall of
716 officers on borough will be reduced to just 74 by 31 March 2003.
In effect a shortfall of 74 officers means each borough will only be
2 or 3 officers short of their target.
'All the options presented to us by the Met involved both operational
and financial consequences. However Members chose the scheme that
involved the least detrimental effects and was the most realistic
'Although the MPA was given an absolute assurance by the Met that the
new borough workforce targets for police officer numbers would be
achieved by 31 March 2003, current issues such as counter terrorism
initiatives and the newly formed Transport Operational Command Unit,
have made this unachievable. At the same time processing the
unprecedented high numbers of recruits at Hendon have proved that it
is as difficult to manage growth as it is to manage a reduction in
numbers, and this has taught us important lessons for the future.'
Members were presented with four options for achieving officer
numbers on boroughs. The option elected as the most workable and with
the least consequences (Option D) will involve taking in more
transferees from other police services than planned during the
current year and at the same time delaying, until next year, the
growth of specialist units, apart from Murder Squads, Trident teams
and Child Protection Units. These two actions are aimed at bringing
down the shortfall of officers from 716 to 74.
The Report 'Meeting borough workforce targets', with a full breakdown of the options involved,
is available on the MPA website.