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Questions have to be asked as to why so many crimes go completely uninvestigated

Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon has uncovered the disappointing fact that nearly 250,000 crimes reported to the Metropolitan Police last year were abandoned within 24 hours, without being investigated at all.

Caroline has written to Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick to ask for an explanation for the stark difference between the figures for 2020 compared to 2019.

Caroline said:

End the delay in publishing police station plans

Caroline Pidgeon has written to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, asking when she will publish the police estate plan, including important information on the future of vital police stations and front counters across London.

Police front counters have been massively reduced under this Mayor and the previous Mayor. Londoners need certainty on their remaining stations and front counters, especially given a continued fall in confidence in the police in London.

There must be no further delays in publishing this information.

Scrutinising the Met on how it will win back women's trust

On 17th March, Caroline Pidgeon questioned the Met’s Deputy Commissioner on why more efforts weren’t made to work with organisers to facilitate a safe vigil for Sarah Everard – as Caroline and Luisa Porritt and had pushed for – and how the Met will be working to earn back the trust of women in London.

Sarah Everard – a time for women to speak and men to listen

Writing for Liberal Democrat Voice following the tragic murder of Sarah Everard, Caroline Pidgeon discusses what needs to be done to approach the epidemic of violence against women.

"What has come from Sarah’s tragic murder is a bubbling over of anger and resentment from women to a society that perpetuates violence against them and a desire to take hold of the discourse on this issue from men so we can see real change.

"Women will not be silenced."

Read Caroline's full article here.

The surge in catalytic converter thefts must be tackled

The dramatic rise in the theft of car catalytic converters has been revealed by detailed figures obtained by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

Despite many crimes falling during lockdown, the theft of car catalytic converters has soared across London between 2019 and 2020, with increases in 27 of the 32 London boroughs covered by the Metropolitan Police. The borough with the highest number of thefts was Barnet, seeing 1114 thefts in 2020 – more than three thefts a day.

We need an urgent return to real community policing in London

Writing for Inside Croydon, Caroline Pidgeon AM discusses the issues that have caused the public in London to lose confidence in the Metropolitan Police.

Caroline concludes:

The issues facing the Met are varied and complex, but radical action is needed to tackle the drop in confidence the Met has seen. We need to re-open and replace the police front counters lost in recent years, as well as finding new ways to encourage engagement between communities and the police.

The concerning changes to medical staffing in Met custody suites

Caroline Pidgeon AM has written to the Met raising concerns and questions about the removal of contracted doctors (FMEs) from healthcare provision in custody suites across London.

Caroline described her concerns that the changes will place increasing demand on Custody Nurse Practitioners, who already have incredibly demanding roles, and risk the safety of not just detainees, but also officers and custody staff.

Sgt Ratana represented the very best of policing

In the London Assembly, Caroline spoke about the huge loss of Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana in September, who represented the best of policing.

There were also some very special tributes from Jennette Arnold AM and Steve O’Connell AM, who had both worked with him.

Supporting unconscious bias training for the Met

Caroline Pidgeon has seconded a motion in the London Assembly calling for two-yearly unconscious bias training for all officers and staff in the Metropolitan Police Service.

This will not only help to increase confidence in our police but also be an important first step in showing the force is committed to tackling bias.

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