Raids with NGOs

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-07-17
Session date: 
July 17, 2013
Reference: 
2013/2741
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Some 'criminals' who are discovered on cannabis farms by police are trafficked children. Would you support following Bristol's example and ensuring relevant NGOs accompany police whenever they carry out a raid on a cannabis farm?

Answer

Answer for Raids with NGOs

Answer for Raids with NGOs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS has assured me that any children or young people identified on Cannabis Farms are treated as potential victims and where there is evidence of trafficking, appropriate specialist advice would be sought and local child protection teams or social services are contacted when children or young people are identified. The MPS retains an open mind to adopting practice from elsewhere but regional differences and contexts must also be taken into account.