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Dagenham residents ‘wait almost 5 hours for Met Police in serious incidents’

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London Liberal Democrats requested data about the Metropolitan Police’s response time to ‘significant’ 999 calls for the past three months. In Barking, Dagenham, Redbridge, and Havering, the Met’s response time reached 4 hours and 42 minutes, when the target is 60 minutes.

‘Significant’ grade 999 calls are those of the second highest priority, such as burglaries, hate crimes, anti-social behaviour, road traffic collisions.

The target time is 60 minutes, but Barking & Dagenham and its surrounding areas waited over 3 hours on average between December 2022 – February 2023. In December 2022, not a single call deemed significant was handled within 60 minutes.

In December 2022, the wait time reached 4 hours and 42 minutes.

The poor performance of the Met in meeting their target response times follows pre-covid trends, as in 2019, Barking & Dagenham’s response time for significant calls reached 1 hour and 52 minutes, demonstrating the situation is potentially getting worse.

Caroline Pidgeon discusses how the Met Police failing to meet response times
Data requested by the Liberal Democrats revealed the Met’s failings //OWNCONTENT

London Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon has criticised Sadiq Khan’s previous explanation of these failings as issues related to the roll out of ‘new Basic Command Units’. As 5 years have now passed, these failings cannot be attributed to such issues.

“It is quite clear that we need a return to proper community policing with more borough-based officers and response teams to help Londoners when they need them most.”

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