Undercover police relationships

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-07-17
Session date: 
July 17, 2013
Reference: 
2013/2385
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The Commissioner made the following comment to the Home Affairs Select Committee regarding undercover officers engaging in sexual relationships with the people they are targeting: 'It certainly should not be part of the strategy to do that. The fact that it may sometimes happen, I think, could almost be inevitable, not that I would encourage it obviously.' Do you think this sends the right message as the head of the Metropolitan Police Service?'

Answer

Answer for Undercover police relationships

Answer for Undercover police relationships

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Commissioner is very clear in his position that this is not part of good policy and has committed to following ACPO guidance which is very clear on this issue:

• Sexual relationships should not occur on any UC deployment • They would not be pre-authorised and would be unacceptable • The training of officers specifically covers the need to avoid such activity

All officers before they are deployed are expressly told what the terms of their deployment allow them to do which they then have to sign to say they have understood. If a situation arose where any of these terms of deployment were breached, then there are sufficient regulations within the police disciplinary code to deal with these if they arise