The Met has today announced that it will launch a new scheme to allow Local Authorities to purchase Met officers to police local areas and focus on local issues.
From April, PartnershipPlus will replace the existing MetPatrolPlus scheme. It will see Met officers working with communities and partners to tackle crime that affects local areas, such as anti-social behaviour.
Officers will be available to purchase at a reduced rate, rather than on the current ‘buy one, get one free’ scheme. These officers will be directed to focus on the range of demands the Met faces, including violent crime.
Assistant Commissioner for Frontline Policing Mark Simmons, said: “For many years the Metropolitan Police has worked in partnership with local partners to help keep their neighbourhoods safe. We are committed to continuing to doing so in a flexible way that will also allow us to also focus on our core priorities like violence and safeguarding.”
Local authorities have been written to, inviting them to register their interest and to seek views on the provision of officers. The purchased officers will be in addition to the local command unit workforce and will be a dedicated resource for the local authority. They will be ring-fenced from normal Met duties such as policing of football matches or local events, allowing them to concentrate on policing issues that are important to local communities. They may, however, be used by the Met on high demand days for public order issues or in case of emergency.
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