The Mayor published his first Police and Crime Plan for London in March 2013, which spelt out our strategy and priorities for the next four years. The latest annual report (covering the period up to 31 March 2015), explains the progress we have made to date.
In summary, the report shows:
- Since the Mayor took office, crime has fallen by 18%. This means 118,327 fewer victims of crime in the capital. Strong progress has been made in reducing the seven key Neighbourhood Crimes with high levels of victimisation targeted by MOPAC (known as the MOPAC 7). They had fallen by 19.8% by the end of March 2015. In the same time period, burglary reached its lowest level since 1974.
- The MPS hit the Mayor’s target headcount of 32,000 officers in March 2015. The MPS has also completed the move of 2,600 additional officers into neighbourhood roles to boost local crime fighting.
- As part of the Deputy Mayor’s strategy for cutting costs, the MPS is reducing back office costs, releasing old and underused assets and reforming the policing model. In the past two years, MOPAC has sold 59 old and underutilised police buildings, raising £294m. In 2014, MOPAC agreed a deal for the sale of the current New Scotland Yard site ahead of the MPS move to its new Headquarters in the Curtis Green Building, which will raise a further £370m. This money is supporting major technology projects such as the rollout of 20,000 body worn video cameras for police officers and mobile devices to enable them to work more effectively on the move.
- The disposals of these police buildings have delivered benefits for London as a whole, directly or indirectly creating 12,000 jobs, as well as providing space for 4,000 new residential units and 9 new schools, helping support economic growth and access to education in the city.