Headlines: October 19th, 2001

The new Metropolitan Police Authority is seeking to work in partnership with every London borough to combat crime.Its chair, Toby Harris, is to visit every borough in the capital over the next twelve months, with the aim of identifying crime hotspots and areas of public concern. The offer is that the Police authority will work with the local council to target shared effort at key problems.

By going from borough to borough the authority hopes to be able to spread good ideas across London in a direct and informal way.

The Metropolitan Police Authority took over responsibility for the Metropolitan Police Service from the Home Office in July of last year.

One of its responsibilities is to consult the people of London to find out their views about policing in the capital.