Issuing the Police and Crime Plan 2017 - 2021

Reference code: 
PCD 168
Date signed: 
16 March 2017
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

  • The Police and Crime Plan details the Mayor’s priorities for tackling crime and making London a safer city for all Londoners over the next four years – 2017-2021.
  • Prior to the drafting of the Police and Crime Plan, an extensive survey of almost 8,000 Londoners was conducted to ensure that the priorities in the plan reflected the priorities of Londoners.
  • The DMPC visited or met all 32 boroughs with senior colleagues from the MPS to ensure that they were aware of the changes to how MOPAC set priorities for the MPS at a local level. In particular, these visits sought to build consensus for what the local volume crime priorities for each borough should be.
  • The draft Police and Crime Plan was subject to a statutory consultation process extended beyond 12 weeks – receiving 251 written responses and 531 survey responses.
  • The Police and Crime Committee submitted a response.
  • The final Police and Crime Plan has been drafted with due consideration to these responses.
  • The Mayor as occupant of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime is requested to approve and issue the Police and Crime Plan. 

Recommendation

The Mayor is requested:

i.    To have regard to and take into account the results from the pre-consultation survey at Talk London (Appendix 1) 

ii.    To have regard to and take into account the summary consultation response document and the response from the Police and Crime Committee (Appendix 2 and 7)

iii.    To have due regard to the Integrated Impact Assessment and its evaluation (Appendix 3)

iv.    To have regard to the strategic policing requirement issued by the Secretary of State under section 37A of the Police Act 1996 (Appendix 4)

v.    To approve and issue the Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021. (Appendix 5) 

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1.    Introduction and background

1.1    The Police and Crime Plan details the Mayor’s priorities for tackling crime and making London a safer city for all Londoners over the next four years 2017 -2021

1.2    The Police and Crime Plan reflects the Mayor’s commitments and the priorities and the needs of Londoners as outlined in the Talk London Survey conducted in Autumn of 2016.

1.3    The content of the Police and Crime Plan is informed by the best data, evidence and insight around.  The performance framework sets out clear measures on which the MPS will be measured. 

1.4    As a strategic document, this plan cannot address every crime type. However, the principles and ambitions within underpin the approach and shape the relationship with the MPS, Criminal Justice Service and partners on all issues. 

1.5    MOPAC will produce an annual review at the end of each financial year outlining progress against the deliverables in this plan. 

2.    Issues for consideration

2.1    Prior to the statutory consultation an extensive research exercise between 24th October and 16th November 2016 was conducted to garner and understand the views of Londoners. A summary of this is in Appendix 1. This, informal meetings with stakeholders and the Mayor’s commitments, informed the draft document. 

2.2    The draft plan was subject to extensive statutory consultation from 1st December 2016 – 2nd March 2017.  This included meetings with our statutory partners, emailing over 1000 key stakeholders, following up with all the Talk London respondents, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DPMC) meeting all 32 borough leaders and CEOs, additional stakeholder meetings, public events and social media activity. 

2.3    Over 530 people responded to our online survey and we received over 250 written responses. Appendix 2 includes detail on that consultation exercise and a summary of headline themes and responses from the consultation.

2.4    As well as the public consultation, further to the requirements under section 6 (6) of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (PRSR 2011), the consultation also included consulting with the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in developing the draft Plan, and consulting with the Commissioner on the amended Plan (further to responses to the consultation). The Acting Commissioner responded to these consultations and this is set out at Appendix 6. In accordance with section 6 (6) of the PRSRA the Plan was also sent to the Police and Crime Committee, who had the opportunity to question the DMPC at the Police and Crime Committee in January and February. The Committee responded [by way of a report] (attached at Appendix 7).  MOPAC will respond to the report before the Police and Crime Plan is published. This response will be published alongside the Police and Crime Plan. 

2.5    Further statutory consultation took place (further to section 42 (1) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (“the GLA Act 1999”)) which included consulting with other functional bodies, the London Borough Councils and the Common Council.

2.6  The Consultation was undertaken when the proposals in the draft plan were still at a formative stage, and adequate time was given to allow those consulted with to respond. All responses to the consultation were given careful consideration, and read and analysed. This analysis has then been taken into account in formulating the final Plan. 

3.    Financial Comments

3.1  The plan will be delivered in line with available resources for the period. Specific commitments have been assessed for affordability in the light of the budget for 2017-18 which was approved by the Mayor on 20th February 2017. 

4.    Legal Comments

4.1  Under Section 6 (1) of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (“PRSRA 2011”) MOPAC must issue a police and crime plan within the financial year in which each ordinary election is held. 

4.2  Section 7 (1) and (2) sets out the statutory requirements that the Plan is to cover. 

4.3  In issuing a police and crime plan, MOPAC must have regard to the strategic policing requirement, attached at Appendix 4 and as set out in the Plan (section 6 (5) PRSRA 2011).

4.4  Before issuing the Police and Crime Plan, MOPAC must:

4.4.1 under section 6 (6) of the PRSRA 2011

(a) prepare a draft of the Plan
(b) consult the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis in preparing the draft Plan.
(c) send the draft Plan to the Police and Crime Committee, have regard to any report or recommendations in relation to the draft Plan, and give the Committee a response and publish any response. 

4.4.2 Under section 6 (7) of the PRSRA 2011 consult the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis before   issuing the Plan if, and to the extent that, the Plan is different from the draft prepared.

4.5  Further to section 6 (11) of the PRSRA 2011, section 42 (1) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (“the GLA Act 1999”) applies. MOPAC must consult with the Assembly, the functional bodies, each London borough council, the Common Council, and any other body or person whom he considers it appropriate to consult.

4.6  Further to section 6 (11) (b) of the PRSRA 2011, sections 41 (4) (b), (c), (5), (6) (a) and (b), (7) to (8A) and (10) to (12) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (“the GLA Act”) apply. This includes MOPAC’s obligation in preparing the Plan to have regard to: the health of persons and health inequalities between persons in Greater London, the achievement of sustainable development in the UK, and climate change and the consequences of climate change, the need to ensure that the Plan is consistent with other strategies, and the resources available for implementation of the Plan.

4.7 Further to section 6 (11) (a) of the PRSRA 2011, section 33 of the GLA Act requires MOPAC, in the formulation of policies and proposals and in the implementation of the Plan, to make appropriate arrangements with a view to securing that there is due regard to the principle that there should be equality of opportunity for all people. In addition, section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 requires that MOPAC has due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation as well as to advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not. Section 5 below sets out the process that MOPAC has undertaken in developing the Plan and how it will have due regard to its equalities duties in proposals going forward.

5.    Equality Comments

5.1    In light of MOPAC’s section 149 Equality Act 2010 duties an integrated impact assessment has been undertaken (Appendix 3) The section 149 Equality Act duty is a continuing duty and consideration of that duty includes that due regard is given by MOPAC to its section 149 duty from the initial planning of the Plan, through the consultation process (which included that the process itself was accessible and comprehensive), to the creation of the final Plan.  MOPAC ensured that the responses that were received during the consultation on the impact of its proposals on the “protected groups” and MOPAC’s evaluation of the impact were fully taken into account in the preparation of this strategic plan. Ongoing regard will be had to these obligations when considering how to implement proposals in the Plan and any impacts will be addressed at this stage. 

6.    Background/supporting papers

Appendix

 

1

Pre-consultation Talk London Survey results

2

Statutory Consultation Summary

3

Integrated Impact Assessment

4

Strategic Policing Requirement Legislation

5

Final Police and Crime Plan

6

MPS Acting Commissioner Response to PCP

7

Police and Crime  Committee Report to Draft Police and Crime Plan


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