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Real neighbourhood policing at centre of Mayor’s plan for safer London

The Mayor of London launched his new Police and Crime Plan for the capital on Monday 20 March . It aims to restore real neighbourhood policing, create a safer city for everyone in London and commits to protecting the most vulnerable Londoners at the most challenging time in the Met’s recent history.

Sadiq Khan’s four-year strategy promises extra protection and support for children and young people, in tackling violence against women and girls and in standing together against hatred and intolerance.

The Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan commits to tackling a postcode lottery in public safety that means some people and places are more vulnerable to and fearful of crime than others. He will ensure the police focus on tackling problems of most pressing local concern - while maintaining a consistently high standard of service for all Londoners.

The Plan comes at the most challenging time in the Met’s recent history when, as the Mayor has been warning, the Government’s continued refusal to fully fund London’s police service, and the threat of further cuts, is putting a severe strain on policing in the capital. If there is no change, all options will have to be considered to help keep Londoners safe, including reducing the officer wage bill.

The Mayor, the Acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, Craig Mackey, and police Safer Schools Officers joined pupils and teachers in a special assembly at City Heights Academy in Lambeth. There they discussed the important work that the Met police do to prevent children and young people from becoming victims or perpetrators of crime, and their views on crime and safety from knife crime to online abuse.