It is the Mayor's aim to make London the safest big city in the world for everyone who lives, works and visits. The Mayor is directly accountable for the performance of the Metropolitan Police through the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). Operational policing remains the responsibility of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe.
Numbers of police officers, police civilian staff, and Police Community Support Officers in the Metropolitan Police Force. Figures are reported by MOPAC to the GLA's Police and Crime Committee each month. The figures are full-time equivalent figures (FTE) in order to take account of part-time working, job sharing etc, and do not represent a measure of headcount.
Key point: Police officer numbers are down 5.8% over the last year (1,857 FTE officers), and down 0.8 per cent since last month. Over the year civilian staff have fallen by 1.9 per cent (-246), and PCSOs by 2.5 per cent (-68).
Monthly data on the numbers of police officers per borough
Key point: Westminster has by far the most officers reflecting the workload in that borough. It has around five times the number of officers of Richmond (1,369 vs 279), though Westminster's daytime population is also five times higher than Richmond's. The map shows the number of police officers in March 2013 per 1,000 recorded offences in the last 12 months. Haringey has the highest ratio at 29 per 1,000, and Croydon the lowest with with 20 per 1,000 crimes. The average number of officers per borough is 560.
Knife crime is recorded as a subset of Violent Crime, which is reported directly on the MPS website each month. Knife crime figures are reported by MOPAC to the GLA's Police and Crime Committee each month.
Key point: Knife crime is steadily falling in London. The number of knife crimes in the latest quarter is 20% lower compared with the same quarter (Jan-Mar) last year (677 fewer crimes), and 31% lower than the peak in knife crime in May-Jul 2011.
Number of crimes and crime rate by type of public transport, including bus, LU / DLR, London Overground, and London Tramlink. Reducing crime on public transport is one of the Mayoral manifesto priorities.
Key point: The number of crimes on the transport network in the quarter Oct-Dec 2012 (9,228) was up 6 per cent compared with the same quarter in 2011 (8,669), and the rate of crime has increased to 9.5 crimes per million passenger journeys (from 9.2 in Q3 of 2011/12).
The overall two-year trend for each type of transport (bus, underground, overground and tram) is slightly downward. The levels of bus-related crime in Q3 2012/13 were 1.4% lower than Q3 in 2011/12. Crime on LU/DLR has increased, 18.8% during Q3 of 2012/13 compared to 2011/12.
The increases in crime this quarter are largely attributable to an increase in theft of passenger property offences compared to last year. It relates to an ongoing issue with organised thieves targeting the London transport network, predominantly stealing mobile phones. TfL and the police have interventions in place to deal with this specific issue.
Recorded crime statistics are published on the MPS website each month, and are broken down into 32 different crime types. Data presented here is the total number of recorded crime per borough. The chart shows the percentage difference in number of crimes between most recent quarter and same quarter last year.
Key Point: In the most recent quarter (Jan-Mar 2013), just 2 boroughs showed an increase in the number of crimes compared with the same quarter a year previous. The biggest of these was Haethrow Airport (up 2.3%). Most boroughs have seen a fall, and the largest proportional fall was Haringey (down 22%).
Offences recorded as Gang violence or Dog attacks. This is a proxy for actual gang violence - it is offences where a victim is under 25 and a firearm has been discharged or a knife has been used to injure but excluding domestic violence.
Key point: The number of gang related offences has fallen in the latest quarter by 19 per cent (down 86 offences) compared with the same quarter last year. The number of dog attacks has fallen by 33 per cent (78 fewer attacks) over the same period.
Other Crime data on the Datastore includes:
Victim based crime, rape, knife crime, gun crime, gang violence, dog attacks, homicide, sexual offences, hate crimes, stop and search, police force strength (borough), fear of crime (borough), phone calls by type (including ASB).
Much of the London Ambulance Service data is also relevant to crime analysis including assaults, gun injuries, knife injuries, all weapon injuries, animal injuries, and cocaine/ heroin overdoses. Much of this is available at borough level