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What changes have been made to police services in London?
The Greater London Authority Act 1999 established the new independent Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) to oversee policing in London. This brings the arrangements for policing in London more closely into line with those elsewhere in England and Wales.

The boundaries of the Metropolitan Police District have been changed to bring them into line with the 32 London boroughs. Those parts of the Metropolitan Police District which are beyond the GLA boundary now form part of the Surrey, Hertfordshire and Essex police areas as appropriate. The City of London will continue to have a separate police force.

What does the MPA do?

  • it is responsible for maintaining an efficient and effective police force
  • it is responsible for securing best value in the delivery of policing services
  • publishes an annual policing plan (drafted by the Commissioner) after consulting local communities about policing priorities
  • sets policing targets, and monitor performance regularly against those targets
  • has a role in the appointment, discipline and removal of senior officers
  • it is responsible for the police budget.

How is the MPA structured?
The MPA Board is made up of 23 members: twelve members from the Assembly (including the Deputy Mayor), four magistrates and seven independents. One of the independents is a direct appointment by the Home Secretary. The Chair of the MPA is chosen by the members themselves - all of the 23 members are eligible for this position. The Mayor may appoint twelve members of the London Assembly to the MPA Board.

What does the Mayor do?

  • appoints twelve members of the Assembly to the MPA
  • sets the budget of the MPA (subject to the Home Secretary's reserve power to set a minimum budget for the MPA)
  • gives comments to the Home Secretary on the appointment of the Commissioner.

What does the London Assembly do?

  • provides twelve members of the MPA
  • approves the Mayor's budget for the police
  • is able to summon members of the MPA to answer questions at their meetings and committee meetings.

Who will appoint the Metropolitan Police Commissioner?
The appointment of the Commissioner will continue to be a Royal appointment made following a recommendation by the Home Secretary. The Home Secretary must have regard to any recommendations by the MPA and any representations from the Mayor before making his own recommendation.

Membership of the MPA

Further information and contacts
MPA website

You can contact the MPA at:
10 Dean Farrar Street
London SW1H ONY

Telephone: 020 7202 0202
Minicom: 020 7202 0173
Fax: 020 7202 0200


For information about the Metropolitan Police Service see 'Metfacts' on the MPS website:

Another useful document is the Metropolitan Police Service Annual Policing Plan for 2000/2001 (which incorporates the Best Value Performance Plan). The Policing Plan for 2001/02 is due to appear on 31 March 2001.


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