Sutton Police

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3650
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Following the news that 11-year-old girl was twice approached by a stranger on her way to school last week, Sutton Police took the proactive approach of revealing their early morning covert operations to reassure parents about "the proactive steps being taken by police to protect children". Do you think that other local police forces could learn from Sutton's example to help boost public confidence in the police?

Answer

Answer for Sutton Police

Answer for Sutton Police

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I think Sutton borough police were extremely proactive in their reassurance to the public in this instance. Effective engagement with the public is a key driver to increasing confidence.

The MPS use a wide range of media tools to appeal for information and to reassure communities. Each borough has a dedicated point of contact within the MPS's central media and communications department to ensure that best practice and innovative ideas are shared across the MPS. In this particular case, Sutton used two proactive press releases to provide parents with an informed source of information regarding two linked, potentially serious incidents .The first alerted parents of the incident and an appeal for information. The second detailed police action and reassurance messages highlighting partnership work through 'School Watch' and plain clothes patrol.