Violent crime in London is too high, with too many communities left feeling vulnerable. It is criminals who need to be put under pressure, not our communities.
Shaun Bailey has a plan to put more police on London’s streets by rolling back the waste and perks at City Hall and adopting technology in use by other major urban police forces.
These extra police in the short-term will allow the public health model to take root and tackle violent crime over the medium-to-longer term.
In total, the Bailey plan will produce savings of £83 million, with some City Hall budgets returned to 2016/17 levels, and most of the savings used to pay for nearly 2,000 new police officers.
Specific measures include:
Gradually reducing the GLA staff budget by £19 million to £36 million, which was the 2016/17 level.
Taking £1.4m out of the external affairs budget.
Withdrawing the £13 million the Mayor wastes on London and Partners – his superfluous personal PR agency;
Scrapping Transport for London’s nominee passes scheme, which enables TfL employees to hand out free travel cards to anyone living at their address, at a current cost to the taxpayer of more than £32.7 million per year.
Reducing the amount TfL pays for employees to work on trade union duties. The cost of TfL facility time has doubled since the Mayor came to office in 2016.
Abandoning the plan to ban junk food ads on the TfL network, which is set to deprive TfL of £13 million each year.
In addition to making these savings, the introduction of a system similar to the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Domain Awareness System (DAS) would save millions more in policing costs.
The DAS system collects and analyses data from various points, including 9,000 closed circuit TV cameras, 500 license plate readers and calls from ordinary citizens. If implemented in London, Bailey estimates this could save £30 million in London a year, or the equivalent of 500 extra police officers.
Put together, the savings from less waste at City Hall and efficiencies through technology would free up the resources to fund between 1800-1900 new police officers, to be split between bobbies and detectives.