There has been some disquiet about the Met Commissioner’s call for London’s police to have single patrolling as their default procedure. There is even a facebook group about it.
I think that single patrolling is a good idea for a host of reasons, it doubles the police’s footprint on the ground, it encourages officers to engage with the local community rather than chat to their partner and it makes it less intimidating for people to engage with them.
Naturally there may be times and places when patrolling in pairs is needed for safety reasons and officers should use their judgement but this should be the exception rather than the rule.
Changing habits is not easy but when the boss of a uniformed organisation gives a direct order it is reasonable to expect that order to be carried out.