London’s Metropolitan Police launches plan to increase public trust

The London Metropolitan Police has released a plan to be developed over the next two years aimed at reducing crime, increasing public trust and providing higher standards of service quality.

A New Met for London 2023-2025 is the product of more than 10,000 police interactions with Londoners. The document represents what citizens have said about their priorities in the area of security.

Through the London Metropolitan Police website, they present A New Met for London for communities to get to know their local officers, help them shape their policing priorities and work with them to try to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. And since the implementation of this plan, when victims ask the police for help, they are sufficiently satisfied with the response so far.

The so-called A New Met for London details the priority areas on which this plan will focus, aimed at ensuring that Londoners receive a quality service through more effective policing. It focuses on three areas of reform:

The fight against community crime is based on how crime is reduced, public trust is restored and the link between those in uniforms and the communities is re-established. The plan aims to place more community policing officers and support officers in local neighbourhoods to ensure that the priorities of Londoners are met.

Working with citizens to better fight crime and anti-social behaviour, bringing together all of the Met’s specialised resources to make a difference in communities with higher crime and lower trust.

Cultural change must be provided to the entire Met to embed the values of policing by consent and build a strong culture centred around delivering for London, maintaining high standards of service quality and also learning from others. The idea is to become a police service that does not discriminate – that combats racism, misogyny and homophobia – and better reflects the diversity of the city they serve.

Fixing the foundations of the police organisation is the best way to help Londoners to succeed. Better organising and deploying the police and ensuring the delivery and training tools, equipment and utilities they need to reduce crime. It is necessary to match the best organisations in the use of the data and technology they need to use their skills accurately, while maintaining trust and high standards.

The launch of the plan should see a reset in the way London’s police interact with communities, with a focus on how the A New Met for London plan will be rolled out at the local level. The organisation has also committed to reviewing the steps being taken to ensure that the progress of the proposed changes is clear.

The plan, as well as a more summarised compilation, can be found on the Metropolitan Police website.


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