Police chief's street plan
PUBLISHED: 12:55 09 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 12 August 2010
POLICE Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said he wanted all Met officers to be proud of being in the force. During a visit to Bromley the Metropolitan Police Commissioner spelled out his common sense agenda of policing where they are intolerant of viol
POLICE Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said he wanted all Met officers to be 'proud' of being in the force.
During a visit to Bromley the Metropolitan Police Commissioner spelled out his common sense agenda of policing where they are "intolerant of violence in any form".
The 55-year-old former Deputy Commissioner has had a turbulent first few months in office following the death of G20 protestor and he came under fire for promoting Cressida Dick, who was in charge of the bungled operation that led to the death of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, to Assistant Commissioner.
Mr Stephenson, 55, a guest of the Bromley Community Engagement Forum (BCEF), spoke to residents, police and politicians at Bromley Football Club setting out his 'five Ps' philosophy of policing: presence, performance, productivity, professionalism and pride.
He promised more than 65,000 extra eight hour foot patrols and half a million extra policing hours across the capital, adding: "I firmly believe that an empty police station is a good police station - that means all officers are out on the streets. I support the reduction of targets and will continue to do everything I can to get rid of unnecessary bureaucracy. Performance is about catching criminals."
London Assembly member for Bromley and Bexley, James Cleverl said: "It was clear that Sir Paul's brand of front line first, no nonsense policing was exactly what the audience wanted to hear."
Sir Paul concluded by saying that he wanted all 54,000 employees to be proud of the Met.