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Sadiq Khan proposes £14m for Met’s ‘Turnaround plan’

The Mayor of London has set out the proposals for £14.2m in the 2023/24 budget.

The Mayor of London’s draft 2023/24 budget includes dedicated funding for the cultural reform of the Met.

The figure will be used to support the ‘Turnaround plan’ announced by Commissioner Mark Rowley last week which sets out how the force plans to rebuild trust, reduce crime and improve standards over the next two years.

The majority of the proposed funding, £12m, would go towards boosting HR staff numbers and funding leadership training.

A new Leadership Academy would aim at providing enhanced training for leaders and line managers – developing a strong cohort of leaders was a key focus of Commissioner Rowley’s plan.

A further £2.5m is set to be put towards improving the training and resilience of the Command and Control centre – it follows findings from the HMICFRS PEEL inspection which identified response to calls from the public as an area of improvement from the Met.

Sadiq Khan said: “I’m determined to continue doing everything in my power to make policing in London better and to support the work that has started to deliver the urgent reforms and step change in culture and performance Londoners deserve.

“To do this we need strong leaders in the Met who not only acknowledge the scale of the problems, but have the training and confidence to take the action needed to raise standards. That’s why I’m announcing plans to fund a new Leadership Academy for all Met leaders in every team across our capital.”

The London Assembly is due to make a final decision on the budget on February 23.

An updated version of the turnaround plan is due to be published in April following 12 weeks of engagement with the public.

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