Each London borough are going to be given their own senior police officer

By Joe Acklam

31st Jan 2023 | Local News

All 32 London borough's will be given a senior police officer to help with community policing. Photo: Metropolitan Police.
All 32 London borough's will be given a senior police officer to help with community policing. Photo: Metropolitan Police.

Every London borough will be given a senior police officer to lead their local policing efforts as part of Sir Mark Rowley's plan to have the strongest ever neighbourhood policing. 

From March, a senior police officer of the rank of Superintendent will be given to each of London's 32 boroughs in an effort for the Metropolitan Police to develop a more visible relationship with the communities they serve. 

These new neighbourhood superintendents will be leading a revamped local policing team alongside the 500 extra Police Community Support Officers which will be hired this year. 

Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe, said: "Our neighbourhood teams will earn trust and confidence within their local communities through developing strong links with them. 

"They will work with Londoners and use their policing powers to proactively identify, investigate and solve local crimes, anti-social behaviour and local problems. 

"Communities need to feel involved in determining their policing needs and to know that the Met is there to solve the problems that matter to them - and we will be." 

Delivering the strongest ever neighbourhood policing is one of the nine priorities set out in the Met's "Turnaround Plan" alongside improved trust, reduced crime, and higher standards. 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "I've been very clear about the vital need to strengthen ties between the police and London's communities – it must be the cornerstone of the Met's efforts to keep crime down and rebuild public confidence. 

"I welcome the Met's plans to have a senior officer leading neighbourhood policing in every borough, creating better and more visible relationships with all the communities it serves. 

"This is an important step forward which, combined with my proposals to fund 500 new PCSOs and invest record sums from City Hall in neighbourhood policing, will support Sir Mark Rowley's plans to restore real neighbourhood policing in our city and help build a safer London for everyone." 


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