Welcome to the first MOPAC newsletter. A year on from the launch of the Mayor's Police and Crime Plan, we are now well on our way to delivering the promises set out within it. This newsletter updates our stakeholders on the work we have been doing recently to make London safer, including the roll-out of traceable liquid technology to help prevent burglary and a new pilot scheme to improve mental health provision in police stations. Next month we will be publishing our annual report which will detail the progress we have made against the Mayor's targets to cut key crimes by 20%, boost confidence in the police by 20%, and reduce costs by 20%. Thank you for signing up, and for regular news on our work follow MOPAC at @MOPACLdn.
Mayor to provide burglary busting liquid to 440,000 homes
Trials in five boroughs show traceable liquids delivered a reduction of at least 49 per cent over a six month period. As he prepares to roll out the scheme to 440,000 more homes, the Mayor has called on London boroughs to join the fight and invest in traceable liquids.
Lord Carlile of Berriew QC will chair a new independent policing ethics panel for London. He has announced the names of a panel of experts who will support him, and the first set of issues that the panel will examine, including 'use of force by the police'.
Mental health teams to be in police stations and courts
A third of young people who have committed offences have mental health needs, and a fifth have a learning disability. A new pilot scheme will see mental health teams reach more than 2.5 million people in London's police stations and courts in a bid to cut reoffending.
Over 150 delegates from law enforcement, local authorities, charities and other partner organisations attended City Hall to consider how the Government's new Serious and Organised Crime Strategy can be implemented by strengthening collaborative efforts in the capital.
Digital courtroom unveiled as justice enters the Wi-Fi era
Speaking at London's first digital court, Criminal Justice Minister, Damian Green, and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, outlined how digital technologies will make justice swifter and fairer. The Deputy Mayor announced that 500 Met Police officers will soon be equipped with body-worn video cameras.