A major review of police capabilities in London has suggested that the Met could be merged with the City of London Police and the British Transport Police.
Lord Harris was commissioned to write a report by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and his findings were released today.
And they appeared to be cautiously welcomed by some officers. “We should get improved operational effectiveness and that’s what this report is talking about: how to respond to a terrorist incident – would we respond better together? And I think we would,” said Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.
It is understood the City of London Police, however, worry that disruption caused by a merger would be “significant”.
The review also found that once the Met meets its target of recruiting 600 new firearms officers there’ll be no need for more.
Lord Harris also wants to see armed police outside Downing Street, faster training for marksmen, and a review of safety on the Thames.
He would also like to see all London schools have a plan for preparing for a terrorist attack.
An official Met statement said: “The terrorist threat is constantly evolving and Lord Harris has provided an extremely thorough and valuable overview from a different perspective, which we will now need time to read, digest and consider.
“Whilst there are many recommendations within his report, Londoners should be in no doubt that the MPS, along with our emergency service partners and other agencies, remains ready to respond should the worst happen and Lord Harris has recognised the huge amount of work, planning and exercising that emergency services have put in to prepare for such scenarios,” the statement added.