The MOPC replaced the Metropolitan Police Authority in 2012 - and is a paying member of London Councils.
The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime was set up in response to the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act (2011) which reforms the accountability of police services and replaces police authorities across England and Wales with elected individuals. The rest of the country will elect their Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in November 2012.
The MOPC is headed by the Mayor or, by his nomination, the appointed statutory Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime. This means that the Mayor is directly accountable for policing performance in London. The MOPC makes this process and accountability clearer and gives Londoners a further voice in how their city is policed.
Through the MOPC the Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be directly accountable for police performance in the capital, setting the Met Police’s strategic direction and allocating resources. Operational policing will however remain the responsibility of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe.
The London Assembly will scrutinise the work of the MOPC through a new body, the Police and Crime Committee (PCC).