London Community Safety & Policing

Community Safety and policing work in London are significantly diffferent from the rest of the UK. This is so in the degree of criminal activity, and in the range of resources dedicated to controlling and reducing crime and disorder and in the structures for strategic and operational management, accountability, engagement and scrutiny in the capital.

There are 792,818 criminal offences were reported in the Metropolitan Police area for the year ending October 2012*. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) employ approximately 49,000 full-time personnel; including 31,000 police officers, 13,000 non-police staff, and 4,000 police community support officers; making the MPS one of the biggest police services in the world**. The annual budget is approximately £2.7 billion**.

The day to day management of the MPS is under the supervision of Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of the MPS and his senior management board, and the strategic management and day to day accountability of the service is the responsibility of Boris Johnson, Mayor for London and Stephen Greehalgh, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

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