Cycle collision arrests (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-12-18
Session date: 
December 18, 2013
Reference: 
2013/4625
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In light of the recent cyclist fatalities on London's roads and the little information which the Metropolitan Police give about each incident, what is Met Police policy with regards to arrests at road collision scenes?

Answer

Answer for Cycle collision arrests (1)

Answer for Cycle collision arrests (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The policy is to arrest where it is considered evidentially necessary to do so.

When deciding whether to make an arrest, police officers must be mindful of PACE code G, section 2.4 which states "the power of arrest is only exercisable if the constable has reasonable grounds for believing that it is necessary to arrest the person".

Every road collision has different circumstances which will inform a decision to arrest or not. In some circumstances, it may be appropriate to interview under caution (i.e. without making arrests) as no evidence would be lost by taking this approach.