Safer Schools Officers (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 5th June 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

How many Safer Schools Officer posts are currently vacant? Please break this down by BCU and borough.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

One of the benefits of the move to BCUs is an investment in more officers involved with schools and youth engagement – a commitment to almost double numbers, from less than 300 officers to well over 500 officers.

Change on this scale does take time and thus officers are still being posted into the new roles that were created within BCUs. To be clear these are not long-standing vacancies but newly created posts which the MPS must now recruit to.

As of the end of February 2019 there were 382 Schools & Youth Engagement Officers. A snapshot of posts yet to be filled from the HR system against the new target shows 144.55 (Full Time Equivalent) posts across the 12 BCUs. The table below shows this detail by BCU.

Safer Schools and Youth Engagement Officers will continue to grow throughout 2019 as the MPS completes the transition to the new model.

BCU Name

Newly Established Posts to be filled

AS - Central South Command Unit Total


AW - Central West Command Unit Total


CE - Central East Command Unit Total


CN - Central North Command Unit Total


EA - East Area Command Unit Total


NA - North Area Command Unit Total


NE - North East Command Unit Total


NW - North West Command Unit Total


SE - South East Command Unit Total


SN - South Area Command Unit Total


SW - South West Command Unit Total


WA - West Area Command Unit Total


Grand Total


*Note that at the time this data snapshot was taken, the West Area was over establishment.