Thank you for your response to my question 2020/0072. I understand that there is presently a six per cent vacancy rate in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC), which is an effective 11 per cent vacancy rate, taking into account officers redeployed into the violent crime taskforce. When will the effective vacancy rate reduce, and by how much with the recruitment of new members into this unit and the MPS?
Resourcing levels in the MPS Roads and Transport Policing Command are kept under close review by the MPS and TfL to ensure that there is a sufficient level of resource to deliver on the Mayor’s Vision Zero commitments and other transport policing priorities.
While the abstraction of officers from the RTPC to the Violent crime Task Force was a necessary step to stop the upward trend in serious violence, it was not done at the expense of keeping Londoners safe from harm on the road and transport network. TfL and the MPS worked together to mitigate the impact of vacancies on RTPC service delivery. An overtime provision was made available so that RTPC and TFL could flex resources to deal with priorities.
The permanent recruitment of officers to the VCTF means that up to 30 abstracted officers are returning to the RTPC in April. Further vacancies will be filled as part of the MPS’ ongoing recruitment, balancing priorities across the MPS.