Commissioner Cressida Dick has today announced to Met officers and staff a range of decisions to support them in their roles and to recognise their efforts.
Recognising Extraordinary Pressure On Hard Working Police Officers
In recognition of the extraordinary pressures officers have faced in London throughout 2017 and 2018 the Commissioner has today announced the payment of a one-off recognition payment of £350 to the majority of Metropolitan police officers up to and including the rank of Chief Superintendent.
The payment recognises their superb response to the multiple terrorist attacks in London, the Grenfell Tower fire, other major events, and responding robustly to the rise in violence across London amongst many other pressures. The impact on officers, and the disruption to their family lives over this period, has been significant.
Commenting on the recognition payment, the Commissioner said: “It is absolutely right that we have made this payment to our officers. Their bravery, dedication and professionalism has been put to the test over the last two years to an extraordinary degree. Officers across the Met have made a huge contribution to London by doing outstandingly demanding, important and frequently unpleasant work. The challenges continue. This has come at a considerable cost to them as individuals and their families. A £350 payment cannot come close to matching the contribution in delivering through these extraordinary times, but nevertheless it is right that recognition is made.
“We planned in our budgets for higher pay for police officers in 2018 than was finally awarded. By planning effectively, we can therefore make this recognition payment to our officers from our existing budget, and I am pleased that we have been able to do so.”
Police staff pay award agreed
The pressures of the last 18 months have equally been felt by our police staff. The pay award for this year reflects the demands that police staff have faced, both those in front-line and operational support roles. The 2018 pay award for police staff will be a 2.5% increase. The pay award will be backdated to 1st August 2018 and be made at the end of February 2019.
An investment in additional equipment to support effectiveness and officer safety
Ensuring the Met makes best use of technology is important in helping us be as efficient and effective as possible in keeping London safe.
2019 will see:
• By November 2019 the current Taser Uplift Project will provide 6,467 specially trained Taser officers across the Met. In addition we have now agreed an extra uplift of 330 Taser trained officers from November 2019 to March 2020.
• An increase of an extra 400 mobile fingerprint devices, which will mean we can take and process more fingerprints on the streets making it quicker to identify or rule out individuals suspected of a crime without having to go back to a police building to undertake the checks.
• Detailed guidelines to be developed to allow the roll out of spit and bite guards to officers beyond their current use in custody in the coming months. This follows a careful consultation about an extension in their use in order to provide more protection for officers against getting bitten or spat at.
The Commissioner said: “My role is to ensure officers have what they need to do their jobs effectively and safely. The announcements I have made to colleagues today are important issues that are intended to support officers and staff in keeping London safe. Officers, in particular are tasked with responding to often dangerous situations and they need the protection to be able to do so safely, in order to protect the public, victims and suspects.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Our police officers work extremely hard and in challenging circumstances to keep Londoners and our city safe. After a period when our under-resourced and overstretched officers have had to cope with the terrorist attacks and other horrific events on top of their day-to-day duties keeping London safe, I am glad we are able to make this additional payment in recognition of their ongoing efforts to protect us.
“I’ve been clear that attacks on officers who put their lives on the line to protect Londoners and visitors are entirely unacceptable. It’s vital the Commissioner is able to ensure the police have the equipment they need to do their jobs, although of course it must always be used in a proportionate and transparent way.”