London policing plan welcomed - but lacks specific detail says Council

Release Date: 08/03/2017

The Mayor of London’s policing plan is a “good start, but lacks specific detail” on how the police will tackle drugs, support the vulnerable and beat cyber crime, says Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety.

The Community Safety Partnership has formally responded to The Mayor of London’s proposed police and crime plan, which aims to deliver neighbourhood policing and commits to protecting the most vulnerable.

The draft plan includes measures to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour, improve services for victims of crime and overhaul child protection in the capital.

The proposed strategy looks at:

  • Providing committed resources to neighbourhood policing
  • Improved standards across policing and criminal justice
  • Improving services for victims of crime
  • Protecting children and young people
  • Tackling domestic violence and violence against women and girls
  • Reducing Hate Crime and radicalisation
  • Devolution of the criminal justice system
  • A police force that reflects London's diversity

In responding to the consultation, Cllr Stephen Speak, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, welcomed the proposals but felt that they needed more detail about implementation plans and targets.

The Council argues that the Police need to maintain a focus on priority issues for Richmond such as burglary, vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Stephen Speak, said:

“The Mayor’s proposals are a good start. However, at a time when all public sector finances are being squeezed, we need less rhetoric and more specific detail about how certain crimes will be addressed. The report, which seems to highlight everything as a priority, lacks focus.’

“We have asked the Mayor to consider how particular issues in the borough will be managed, particularly how we support our oldest, or most vulnerable, people and the need to clamp down on Cyber Crime. It’s important that the Mayor does not overlook the value of Neighbourhood Watch to our communities and supports it with necessary police resources.

“Together with our partners in the Community Safety Partnership I will be monitoring the Mayor’s plans to keep Richmond’s reputation as a safe place to live and visit.”

Updated: 21 June 2017