To contact the MOPAC:
If you wish to contact the MOPAC directly then please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Complaints about the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime
Detailed information about the London Assembly Member complaints procedure can be found here.
The Mayor is not able to intervene directly in complaints about specific incidents involving the police.
Mayor's Office for Policing & Crime (MOPAC)
What is MOPAC?
The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime is a 'corporation sole'1;
which is occupied by the elected Mayor of London. He has the power to
delegate many, but not all, of the MOPAC functions to a Deputy Mayor for
Policing and Crime.
The Mayor of London, through his Office for Policing and Crime,has responsibility for policing in Greater London. The mayor is the statutory Police and Crime Commissioner for the region and undertakes the functions and duties in ways which are specifically described in law and unique to his elected position; which incorporates both his mayoral duties and those of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (see below). Additionally, the Mayor has a legislative duty to take account of crime, disorder, substance misuse, anti-social behaviour and behaviour adversely affecting the environment in all his business, such as planning and transport (see Section 17 Crime and Disorder Act 1998)
In exercising his MOPAC role, the Mayor must retain a number of functions relating to the issuing of a Police and Crime Plan, and the appointment and removal of senior police officers. However, he is able to delegate all other functions to a Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC) except those set out in Section 19 (7) of the The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.
In June 2012, the then Mayor of London approved a Scheme of Delegation which delegated to the DMPC '..all functions which may be delegated, to be so delegated to the DMPC in order to facilitate the efficient and effective functioning of the MOPAC'.
Key MOPAC Functions & DutiesThe MOPAC is accountable for:
(i) the overall performance of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
(ii) setting the MPS strategic direction
(iii) allocating resources
The MOPAC is also responsible for development and implementation of the Police and Crime Plan for London and for overseeing crime and disorder reduction activities across London. As a consequence of this he acts as a conduit for any funds coming from central Government for the purposes of crime and disorder reduction in the metropolis2.
The MOPAC, headed by the appointed statutory DMPC, is assisted by appointed advisors, a chief operating officer and other staff.
MOPAC Mission and Priorities
The Mission and Priorities of MOPAC were endorsed by the Mayor of London in August 2012, and form the core aims and priorities of body.
Through the MOPAC and the implementation of the Police and Crime Plan, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are directly accountable for police performance in the capital, setting the Met Police’s strategic direction and allocating resources.
Operational policing remains the responsibility of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe.
Community & Victim Engagement and Consultation
The MOPAC has a duty to consult communities on policing in London, including getting the views of people in the London area. It also has a new responsibility to specifically include victims of crime in consultation, on matters concerning their policing and to obtain their cooperation with police in preventing crime. MOPAC also has a duty to consult on the Police and Crime Plan and proposals for expenditure.
MOPAC Crime Information
MOPAC also publishes information to enable residents to assess the MOPAC’s performance and that of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.
1. A corporation sole is a legal entity consisting of a single ("sole") incorporated office, occupied by a single ("sole") man or woman. This allows the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime to pass vertically in time from one office holder to the next successor-in-office, giving the positions legal continuity with subsequent office holders having identical powers to their predecessors.
2.The City of London has unique policing governance. It operates on a non-party political basis through its Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and members of the Court of Common Council. The governance is tailored to the particular institutions and traditions of the City of London, and the Government retained that model for the 'square mile'.