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How the Metropolitan Police Service has effected change

17 July, 2020

‘The changes allow the Met to improve the service it provides to London’

• IN early 2019, the Metropolitan Police Service completed the introduction of Basic Command Units (BCUs), with the previous 32 borough units being replaced with 12 larger policing commands, (Stop-and-search: MP calls for neighbourhood policing to be ‘rebuilt’, July 10).

The changes were implemented to improve resilience and efficiency, and help us manage increasing demand better.

While in some boroughs there may be less officers than there were before the BCU roll-out, the model allows for resources to be allocated according to local priorities.

However every borough, regardless of demand or location, will have two dedicated police officers and one PCSO, police community support officer, in each ward.

The Central West Command Unit also has two enhanced wards with additional officers.

The BCUs deliver the same core local policing functions ­neighbourhoods, emergency response, CID and safeguarding ­in a more consistent way.

People, buildings and resources are shared across the borough boundaries, meaning greater flexibility in how they are used.

Policing Westminster – the responsibility of the Central West Command Unit – poses unique challenges in relation to demand, which are managed with support from other specialist units and BCUs when needed.

The resilience of local policing teams and the number of officers deployed into these roles is reviewed at least monthly by the senior leadership team who are absolutely committed to ensuring communities benefit from having locally known, dedicated, beat officers.

Our dedicated ward officers work closely with the community in the areas they cover and regularly hold events to build on existing links and develop new relationships.

They know which issues are of concern, and how best to devote their time to help residents and businesses.

They are easily contactable by traditional means, but also have their own Twitter accounts in order to answer any questions when unable to meet face-to-face, while also providing updates on what is being done to tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour.

The changes allow the Met to improve the service it provides to London as well as investing resources to address key priorities, against the backdrop of the need to make significant financial savings and maintain and stabilise officer numbers.

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