Londonreport published today and says it has already
embarked on a comprehensive programme of scrutiny and review and set
exacting priorities for the Met that will bring about many of the
improvements demanded by Londoners.
Toby Harris, chair of the MPA, said:
'We welcome this latest report which helps to keep policing and law
and order at the top of the political agenda and keeps us all focused
on people's expectations and concerns. But time has moved on since
the report was written and this was a snapshot of views taken some
little time ago.
'As we all know the pace of change in London is dramatic and things
have moved on since then. I believe we are seeing an upsurge in
confidence in policing among a range of communities.'
'Since its formation in July 2000, the MPA has been working closely
with the people of London and the commissioner, Sir John Stevens, to
raise standards within the Metropolitan Police and deliver a more
responsive and equitable service to Londoners.
'We have consulted with the people who live and work in London,
reviewed current performance and considered partners' views in
setting policing priorities for 2002/03 to increase security, create
safer communities, improve the police response to vulnerable victims
and tackle youth offending.
'These priorities are underpinned by challenging performance targets,
some of which were selected after consulting with borough commanders
in line with our continued drive to establish borough commands as the
main focus of policing.
'We are also ensuring more police officers are available for local
use. Our target last year to recruit 1,050 police officers has been
met and we aim to recruit over 1,200 more officers during 2002/03.
Londoners have told us that they want more officers on the beat and
we are delivering on that.
'Over the past 12 months I have personally visited every London
borough to meet with police, the community and local authority to
hear about local concerns and look at new ways of tackling crime
hotspots, street robberies and anti-social behaviour.
'Many of the public concerns identified by the report have been
reflected in the feedback I have received during my discussions in
'People have repeatedly called for higher profile policing in the
boroughs and a style that is much more responsive and sensitive to
local priorities and concerns.
'Through our statutory role of maintaining an efficient and effective
police service for London, the MPA is constantly looking at ways of
raising standards to meet public demand and expectations.
'Through a continuous, wide-ranging programme of efficiency and best
value reviews and day-to-day scrutiny of all aspects of policing the
capital, major changes are underway that will transform a service
that has suffered in the past through an erosion of numbers and
morale, and an absence of a proper system of scrutiny and financial
'But as we have seen over the past year, and especially since 11
September and more recently in the successful battle against street
crime, there is now much to be positive about and upon which we can
build. And we are also clear that the responsibility for operational
policing remains with the commissioner in whom we have the utmost
'Through partnership and mutual cooperation and support we are
working to build a service that will deliver safer streets for all of
London's richly diverse communities.'