The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC – pronounced Mopsy by its friends) is fifteen days old. It was launched with great fanfare – or at least a press release from City Hall – on 16th January.
There have repeatedly been assurances given that the new arrangements would be at least as transparent as those that existed with the now-abolished Metropolitan Police Authority. Performance data and financial information would be placed on the web-site and everything we were assured would be open and visible to the people of London.
So what happens when you seek to go to www.mopc.police.uk? You get redirected to the home page of the Greater London Authority web-site – not even its page on policing.
And where is the financial information and the performance data that was promised?
If it is there, I couldn’t find it.
Still it is early days and I am sure that Kit Malthouse AM will sort it out now that he has been formally appointed as the Deputy MOPC (a role specifically envisaged in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act).
But wait, is Kit Malthouse really in charge?
The press release says he has been appointed.
But, if you go to the Mayoral Decisions part of the Greater London Authority web-site, there is no Mayoral Decision appointing him.
If there is no formally recorded Mayoral Decision, any actions taken by Kit Malthouse as Deputy MOPC are invalid and ultra vires, because there has been no formal decision to give him the legal powers.
And if he has been properly appointed, the failure to post the relevant Mayoral Decision on the Greater London Authority web-site doesn’t bode well for the new era of transparency about policing that we were promised.
Or am I being pedantic?