Response to the resignation of Sir Bernard Hogan Howe

At the last Police and Crime Committee, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime said that she had full confidence in Sir Bernard. What has changed in less than a week? It has been clear for some time that Sadiq Khan would push out Sir Bernard, not because he has a better option lined up or because Sir Bernard had failed at his job, but…

Mayor risking health of police and public over delay of spit guards

The Mayor has put the Metropolitan Police use of spit guards under consultation without any adequate alternative or safety precautions, said Tony Arbour at today’s policing and crime committee. Today the Met Commissioner said the only alternative to protect officers from serious infection involves the use of force against a spitting individual. The Commission also confirmed that officers have been made seriously ill from spit…

Pokémon Go: Met could offer anti-crime tips at ‘Pokestops’

Force could replicate Leicestershire police and take advantage of gaming craze Neighbourhood policing teams in London could take advantage of the Pokémon Go craze and hand out anti-crime tips at popular game locations. Players of the game are drawn to specific places such as parks or buildings where they can catch Pokémon or other items at designated ‘Pokestops’. Community officers in South Leicester recently attended…

Survey states: 85% of disabled encounter some form of verbal, physical or financial abuse

· Over half of survey respondents unsatisfied with way police handled case · Six in ten don’t even report incidents to police A new report “Hidden Hate” has uncovered widespread dissatisfaction with how the criminal justice system deals with hate crime against people with disabilities. New specialist research of 131 disabled people in London carried out for the report showed that 85% of respondents encountered…

Drunk fines fall by a third despite hospital admissions rising

“Random police visits to A&Es on trouble nights targeting repeat drunks with fines” London: The number of fines handed out to London’s drunks are drastically falling, despite hospital admissions rising year on year. The new figures come as part of the next phase of GLA Conservative Tony Arbour’s campaign* to cut the cost of binge drinking. New FOI figures for the Capital show: · Drunk…