Oct 4, 2013

In The News: SSLP calls for more Met officers to be London based

Nearly half of the Metropolitan Police force's 30,000 officers live outside of the city the independent blogsite Mayorwatch has reported.

The revelation comes after a Molly Mulready-Jones, a founder and trustee of SSLP, told the London Assembly's Stop-and-Search Working Group more of London's officers should be recruited locally to help build bridges between the police and the communities they serve.

The site reported that officers operate in fear of unfamiliar communities driving up the number of unnecessary stop-and-searches carried out.

Green Party Assembly Member Jenny Jones told Mayorwatch: "Police officers based in or near the communities they serve are able to build relationships with local people and be aware of local issues."

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