Criminal Records Checks on Arrested Foreign Nationals

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4484
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What proportion of arrested foreign nationals do the MPS conduct overseas criminal records checks on? What criteria do the MPS use to decide whether to conduct and overseas criminal records check on a foreign national?

Answer

Answer for Criminal Records Checks on Arrested Foreign Nationals

Answer for Criminal Records Checks on Arrested Foreign Nationals

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS currently process 230,000 detainees on average a year, of which approximately 70,000 are Foreign National Offenders (FNOs) (50/50 split EU/Non EU).

Following the introduction of the Commissioner's 100% target for compliance, the proportion of FNOs subject to overseas record checks has increased to 83% (in w/c 3/11/2014). This is a considerable improvement on the eight months to August 2014 when the rate was 36%.

The NAO have put the national average rate at around 30%.

All FNOs arrested in the MPS should have an ACPO Criminal Records Office (ACRO) check carried out unless there is risk by seeking convictions and/or the records do not exist in the host country.