2008 Manifesto: Appreciating Our Seniors

Please see below for a sample of several of the pledges in this section of the 2008 Manifesto. For the full list of pledges, please download the complete Progress Report.

Making London Safer

Putting more police on the streets

"I will expect Police Community Support Officers to take some of the administrative burden from police officers, so they can spend more time out on the streets."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson wants to see as many police officers as possible on the streets. In 2009, Boris introduced Operation Herald, a scheme focused on cutting administrative tasks and paperwork for London’s police officers (link).

A revised approach: The scheme found that many of the administrative tasks could be cut altogether or done by civilian staff, rather than PCSOs, thus enabling more police presence on the streets. Operation Herald moved clerical duties away from trained police officers to general staff, put more police on the front line and achieved efficiencies of 451 positions (link). Boris continues to work to get more officers out on the streets. There will be 1,000 more police officers than in 2008 by May 2012 (link). There are now 630 Safer Neighbourhood Teams, 1 for each of London’s 624 neighbourhood wards, plus 5 more for the city of Westminster and 1 more for Crystal Palace where three boroughs meet. These are made up of at least 2 Police Constables and 3 PCSOs. There are over 4,100 police officers dedicated to neighbourhood policing (link).

Standing up against excessive police form-filling

"I will stand up against excessive police form-filling and support the scrapping of the stop and account form, lobbying the Government hard for its removal."
Status Update: Delivered

Boris has been focused on getting police officers out from behind their desks and onto the street. In the two years from May 2008 to May 2010 the Met took 209 forms out of use (link). In March 2011, the Government gave police forces the option to scrap the stop and account form (link). The Met has however decided to continue using the stop and account form after an MPA consultation found robust support for recording “stop and account” to make sure the process was both transparent and accountable (link). From January 2009 a shorter revised stop and search was launched. The time this takes to complete has been reduced from 8-10 minutes to 3-5 minutes (link).

Chairing the Metropolitan Police Authority

"I will chair the Metropolitan Police Authority to make our streets safer."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson became the Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) shortly after his election in May 2008. Once the direction of London policing had been set, Boris stood down from this role in January 2010 and promoted his Deputy, elected Assembly member, Kit Malthouse (link).

A revised approach: The MPA has since been replaced by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC), which is headed by Boris’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime. This change means that the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor will be even more accountable to Londoners for police performance, setting local priorities and allocating resources (link). In addition, when the new Met Commissioner was appointed last year, Boris made it clear that this had to be someone who had a clear strategy for tackling gang violence and youth crime and restoring pride in London (link). As a result of Boris’s personal lead, crime has fallen in London by 10.6 per cent, robberies are down 16.7 per cent and murders have decreased by 24.4 per cent (MPS statistics, Comparing 44 months of Ken Livingstone September 2004 – April 2008 with 44 months of Boris Johnson May 2008 - December 2011).

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