MPS discrimination against LGBT officers.

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-07-02
Session date: 
July 2, 2014
Reference: 
2014/2305
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Pink News reported that Scotland Yard's Vetting Unit warned openly gay officers that their activity on lawful social networking sites was being monitored, specifically referring to the gay dating app Grindr. What measures are you taking to make sure such discriminating and intimidating behaviour is tackled within the MPS?

Answer

Answer for MPS discrimination against LGBT officers.

Answer for MPS discrimination against LGBT officers.

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS does not routinely monitor access to social media as stated in the article.

Furthermore, the MPS recognises the benefits of social media in fighting crime and communicating with communities. In support of this, the MPS allows all employees access to social media sites from MPS computers.

Whether on or off duty MPS officers and staff are expected to maintain high standards of behaviour, which includes the use of social media and the internet. Where information is received that an MPS employee has breached those standards through their use of social media, regardless of the site accessed, the issue will be dealt with under MPS discipline procedures.

The MPS seeks to employ a workforce which reflects the diversity of backgrounds and cultures within which it operates and to provide a working environment free from discrimination.