A Gold Star for the MOPAC Team
It has been an honour to serve as the Advisor for Property at the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and as a Member of the MOPAC Challenge, under Stephen Greenhalgh over the past four years. Stephen has been the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime since 2012, and has done an amazing job, working under the Mayor’s remit, helping to set priorities and achieve significant cost reductions whilst maintaining the Mayor’s commitment to 32,000 police officers.
This week saw our last MOPAC Advisors’ meeting before the elections in May, and Stephen presented me and the rest of the team with a MOPAC Gold Star to acknowledge our contribution.
It has been fascinating and rewarding to work with my advisor colleagues, Cllr Keith Prince, Cllr Steve O’Connell, and Faith Boardman as well as Jeremy Mayhew in the early days and the wider MOPAC team including Helen Bailey, Rebecca Lawrence, Marie Snelling and many more who have helped create and establish MOPAC and achieve its successes.
Over the last four years, since MOPAC was set up to replace the old Metropolitan Police Authority, its focus has been on MOPAC 7 priority crimes, and working to achieve the 20:20:20 challenge set out by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and the strategy and goal of the Policing Plan published in 2013.
The 7 Priority Crimes, outlined below, were set out at the beginning of the Mayor’s second term, in 2012, and are as follows:
1) Violence with injury
4) Theft from a person
5) Theft of a motor vehicle
6) Theft from a motor vehicle
7) Vandalism and Criminal Damage
The 20:20:20 challenge involved cutting neighbourhood crime by 20%, increasing confidence in the police by 20%, and cutting costs by 20%. In an area where there are challenges over funding, the results we have achieved in London are testament to the hard work carried out by Stephen and his team.
Since joining the MOPAC team in late 2012 I have been working on the properties owned by MOPAC and used by the Met, looking to improve the efficiency of location and space utilisation. Working with Jane Bond form the Met Property Team MOPAC has successfully disposed of more than 200 properties which were either no longer required, or were not fit for purpose. As a result of those sales of the police estate an extra 4,600 homes, 12,000 jobs and 12 schools have been created, and the total amount paid for policing as part of a Band D homeowners council tax has reduced by more than 11% since 2012/13.
By 2016/17, a total of almost £1bn will be released from the sale of under-utilised police buildings, including New Scotland Yard and the Hendon Training Facility as well as redundant Police Stations and offices from which the proceeds can be reinvested in frontline policing. The improvements have meant that money can be reinvested to help make the police service fit for 21st century policing needs. We have also identified further disposals and cost reductions to increase the future efficiency of property utilisation across MOPAC’s portfolio.
MOPAC has also produced its report for 2016, summarising its achievements to date and its performance against London’s Police and Crime Plan. You can view the report by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/1Zo6ypv
For more information on the work MOPAC does and its role in our area take a look at this link: http://bit.ly/1RhTxsn
Stephen has done an excellent job as the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, and I wish him well for the future. He is the one who truly deserves a Gold Star.