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Traffic policing

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

With the government funding substantial extra police, will you now invest in traffic policing to help stop criminals moving freely around the city?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The 2019/20 budget for the Roads and Transport Policing Command is £139.6 million, of which £93.9 million is funded by Transport for London. The planned budget for 2020-21 is £141.4 million. These figures will be revisited to ensure they remain accurate as part of the 2020-21 budget building process.

Tackling violent crime is the priority and the Met have my support in focussing their resources on this issue. Whilst increased Government funding is welcomed, we are also incurring extra costs as a result of being a busy capital city, such as the extensive Extinction Rebellion protests. By not reimbursing the Met for these added pressures the Government are jeopardising the planned increases in officer numbers and consequently our efforts to tackle criminality across London.