Police foot patrols

Letter in The Guardian, 12 January 2014:

One significant benefit of the police wearing cameras is that finally they can go back to patrolling singly rather than in pairs. The benefits of this are well established: when not distracted by mutual chatting, officers are more observant, less confrontational and more readily engage with the public. Justifiable concerns about how to summon help can be addressed by them wearing a GPS device. If London Transport can know where all its buses are in real time, the Met can do likewise for its foot patrols. I’m sure the Police Federation has a well-rehearsed list of reasons why single patrols are not possible, but the productivity gains are surely too great for vested interests to delay progress. It is a shame that Boris Johnson, having fought so hard for political control of the Met, has not taken the lead in doubling police productivity.