Undercover policing

MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Are you satisfied with the contradictory approach taken by the Metropolitan Police on undercover officers: telling the Assembly's Police and Crime Committee that the Met has always had a policy against officers having sex with targets, and their lawyers arguing in the High Court that undercover officers were authorised to have sex with targets?


Answer for Undercover policing

Answer for Undercover policing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Obviously Jenny is asking about romantic entanglements between police officers and their targets, so to speak, and undercover agents.  There is plenty of fictional support for such an approach.  I very much agree with what Sir Bernard Hogan‑Howe [Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service] has had to say about it and that is undercover officers should not target members of the public that way.


Jenny Jones (AM):  Thank you.  Will you urge the Metropolitan Police Service to make any abuse of that no-sex-with-targets rule a gross misconduct charge?


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  You have heard what the Commissioner has had to say about it.  I am sure that he takes it very seriously.


Jenny Jones (AM):  I would like to point out there is no romance involved in this.  There is absolutely no romance.  It is use and abuse and I would say assault, so no romance.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  OK.