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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.

Put an end to suspicionless stop and search

After questioning from Caroline Pidgeon about the use of police force against Black Londoners, the Mayor has released figures showing that in January and February of this year Black Londoners accounted for 33% of incidents where force was used, compared to 32% in the same period of 2019.

Caroline said:

"This is a worrying and unacceptable trend, especially given Black Londoners make up 12% of the population.


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