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Policing (Croydon)

Volume 514: debated on Monday 26 July 2010

The Petition of people of Croydon,

Declares that the London Borough of Croydon requires a fairer share of police officers in London.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to take steps to secure a fairer share of London’s police officers for Croydon

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr Andrew Pelling, Official Report, 29 March 2010; Vol. 508, c. 604 .]

[P000789]

Observations from the Secretary of State for the Home Department:

On 30 September 2009 the Metropolitan Police Service had 32,904 police officers, 4,637 police community support officers and 13,693 police staff. The Government do not determine the number of police officers that are deployed to Croydon by the Metropolitan Police Service: that is a matter for the Commissioner (Sir Paul Stephenson QPM) and the Metropolitan Police Authority. At the end of March 2010 the Croydon Operational Command Unit had 747 police officers, 173 police community support officers and 75 Special Constables.

The Government understand that decisions about the allocation of resources to the London Borough Operational Command Units is informed by the Metropolitan Police Resource Allocation Formula which is kept under review by the Commissioner and the Metropolitan Police Authority. We have drawn this petition to the attention of the Commissioner and the Metropolitan Police Authority.