Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says

Notes On A Meeting Held By The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe - Tuesday 14 January 2014 - From our Wanstead correspondent, Helen Zammett

He told us that he visited a number of boroughs each year as the best way he could meet as many London residents as possible. He had visited Oaks Park High School in Newbury Park earlier that day to ask pupils what they thought about the police and any ideas which they may have.

Redbridge is a high volume/low crime borough with a high level of fear of crime, which is 10-11% below target. Confidence is improving more in the other London boroughs. The key to this is by:
  • Patrolling
  • Satisfaction in how the crime was dealt with
  • Reporting back to the victim

Operation Hawk is making renewed emphasis on Safer Neighbourhood Teams [SNTs] tackling local crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour [ASB] by responding to information from local communities.

In the course of about 6 power point slides, he told us that in 2013 compared to 2012:
  • There was a 11.2% reduction in offences in Redbridge – ie 2582 less offences.
  • There was a 12-13% reduction in residential burglaries – ie c360 less burglaries.
  • In 2013 there was 0.4% violence with injury – ie 7 offences the same as last year but less of a reduction than in other London boroughs.
  • There was a14.1% reduction in antisocial behaviour incidents – ie 1718 calls less with 3% of those for repeat incidents. In December 2013 the Met responded to 855 reports of information from local communities. In Redbridge there were 69 reports – the highest number in the London boroughs.

Between October 2011 and January 2014 the Met seized 86,662 vehicles – 2015 in Redbridge. In January 2014 1031 vehicles were seized – 31 in Redbridge. The Met can either sell or crush seized vehicles: the money raised has been millions over the years, which is used by the police. c70% of uninsured vehicles are used by criminals and so vehicle checks often lead to other convictions.

The Local Policing Model [Lpm] In Redbridge

Current  New SNT levels in the Met  Difference

Budget Cutting In The Met

The London Metropolitan Police Service has now been told to save £600 million out of a £3.5 billion budget, while its aim is to get more police officers on the streets. They are saving money by:
  • Using less buildings – including police stations
  • Employing less managers – the Met had the highest management cost in the country and by cutting back is becoming more efficient.
  • Employing less police staff – reducing from 15,000 to c9.500 support staff like those who answer telephones.

Stephen Greenhalgh, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime will come to Redbridge at some point in February to hold a public meeting.


Editor: What Sir Bernard didn’t say:

Statistics Authority withdraws quality status from crime statistics
The fact is in anything that gets measured, once those who are being measured, whose performance are being measured, work out how the system works, there's an incentive, resisted by many, to manipulate the process as to make your own performance look good.'
Who knew?


  1. To paraphrase slightly a quotation attributed to Mark Twain:

    "There are lies, damned lies, and [police] statistics".

  2. 'LESS' buildings, 'LESS' managers, 'LESS' police staff. Hogan whattsit's hyphen belies his educational abilities. Dose he not know the word is FEWER?

  3. No police shortage here then! Click for photo! This was the scene outside Ilford Station at 3.10pm yesterday (Thursday). We counted twelve policemen who were actually visible but I’m sure there were more inside the station. Either there was a major terrorist threat or perhaps it was a Union meeting? Does anyone know the collective noun for coppers? A BAG maybe?

    1. This was part of Operation Big Wing.
      See MPS Redbridge Twitter feed.
      And Ilford Recorder.
      Note how cannabis factories are found in residential roads like Roding Lane North - by catching the owner in possession while out and about.