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A New Met for London – new name, same service?

Our People - Luke Cowles
2 May, 2024

In 2024 the Metropolitan Police continue their roll-out of what they hope will be seen as a fresh start, under the Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley QPM. This includes a fresh name “A New Met for London”.

It’s easy to immediately think – will it just be a new name, but the same service? Only the performance in the next few years will help answer that.

A New Met for London plus stop and search charter incoming.

Three key areas have been identified:

  1. Community crime-fighting – e.g. rebuilding community trust, more police / PCSOs on the streets
  2. Culture change e.g. tackling discrimination
  3. Fixing our foundations e.g. training, equipment, data and technology use

One key development to look out for over the coming months will be a new “stop and search charter”. I do appreciate there are many in the community who may be against the use of stop and search, perhaps due to experiences of discriminatory use. The Commissioner on LBC radio on 01/05/24 reaffirmed he considers it a significant tool in policing, and it is [for now], here to stay. Given the tensions stop and search can bring, the [New] Met ran a survey in February 2024 to feed into the incoming charter. Hopefully, it may help create a better consensus going forward.

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