Brian Paddick would encourage Londoners to “patrol their local streets and estates to prevent crime” if elected Mayor in May.
The Liberal Democrat candidate says communities could receive “advice and guidance” to help them “reclaim the streets from the criminals, safely, within the law and with the help and support of the police.”
Paddick, who is also a former Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, made his comments while visiting Vauxhall with Deputy Mayor running mate Caroline Pidgeon.
The Liberal Democrat campaign say detailed plans will be announced shortly.
Pidgeon said the proposal was “easy to implement, gives neighbours the chance to be proud of their communities and sparks an important relationship between Londoners and their police force.”
The other declared candidates for May’s Mayoral elections are: Boris Johnson (Conservative), Ken Livingstone (Labour), Jenny Jones (Green) and Lawrence Webb (UKIP)