Corruption on the rise

MQT on 2013-07-17
Session date: 
July 17, 2013
Question By: 
Victoria Borwick
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The number of Metropolitan Police officers investigated for misusing the Police National Computer (PNC) has more than doubled since 2009. What is being put in place to prevent these types of activities?


Answer for Corruption on the rise

Answer for Corruption on the rise

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Misuse of intelligence systems and unauthorised disclosure of data breach the Professional Standard of 'Confidentiality' which the MPS 'Outcome Guidance for Misconduct Panels' defines as gross misconduct; misconduct so serious that dismissal could be justified. Where officers are dismissed details are published both internally and externally to serve as a deterrent.

Conduct matters concerning misuse of the PNC have risen from 12 officer allegations in 2009 to 25 officer allegations in 2012. This is the result of the following factors.

• The roll out since 2009 of PNC via Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) and Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) has increased the number of mobile users (although the number of desktop PNC users has remained static at around 23,500);

• Improved data analysis on MPS IT system for recording all police complaints;

• An enhanced auditing regime progressed by the ACPO lead on Information Leakage, including the implementation of Op Cheslatta (2011) which identified PNC checks of concern, data standards and training issues.

Each Operational Command Unit (OCU) now has a security champion responsible for Information security, and the Directorate of Professional Standards prevention team has engaged in preventative briefings across the MPS.