The Met is proposing to reduce the number of Borough Commanders or “top cops” across the whole ofLondonfrom 32 to 25. The diagram above which has come from the Met themselves, shows which boroughs could be paired up in order to bring the numbers down to 25. For example in Central London, Hammersmith & Fulham and RBKC may be merged as may Hounslow & Hillingdon in theWest Londonsuburbs. Yet, oddly, when the Mayor was questioned about this very subject at Mayor’s Question Time yesterday by my colleagues Joanne McCartney and Andrew Dismore, he quickly dismissed the suggestion of these mergers.
So watch this space to see who will determine the command structure in the Met police, the Mayor or the Met? Only time will tell?
To view Joanne McCartney questioning the Mayor on this issue – view Mayor’s Qustion Time dated 17th October 2012 at 1hr 15 minutes at http://www.london.gov.uk/who-runs-london/the-london-assembly/webcasts