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Camden and Islington BCU borough commander

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 23rd September 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

Camden and Islington BCU are getting their fourth borough commander in just 12 months; is the intention to provide continuity in these posts and if so is such turnover desirable?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I appreciate that communities and statutory partners value consistency in their local police leadership and this is important to establishing and maintaining relationships. Accordingly, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) aims for a minimum of 2 years in post for Basic Command Unit (BCU) Commanders.

However, there will be occasions for both operational and personal reasons when this is not achievable. Furthermore, with the BCUs being formed in 2018 and early 2019 there have inevitably been changes in personnel over the last couple of years.

When a Commander moves there is often an interim placement whilst the substantive post is filled, and this can exacerbate the perception of frequent change.

The current BCU Commander, Chief Superintendent Kohli, is an experienced officer who is already familiar with the BCU having worked as an officer in Camden for many years previously. Ch Supt Kohli has committed to the minimum two years and the MPS anticipate that this will be fulfilled.