Metropolitan Police use of containment/'kettling'

MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Thank you for your answer to my questions 2015/0059 and 2015/0060. If the use of containment or 'kettling' is only recorded in the event Command Teams logs and in the Public Order Evidence and Action Books of the officers who are deployed in such a tactic, how do senior officers and MOPAC have oversight that the tactic is being used in a proportionate way and is used only as a last resort?


Answer for Metropolitan Police use of containment/'kettling'

Answer for Metropolitan Police use of containment/'kettling'

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The use of the containment tactic is only used very rarely.  Whenever it is used, it is subject to rigorous MPS review by the event Gold Commander and, after the event, by the Head of the Public Order Branch and, if necessary, by the MPS Directorate of Legal services. 

Where appropriate operational de-briefs take place.  Lessons learned are fed in to future tactical responses to similar situations.   

The Deputy Mayor and I meet regularly with the Commissioner and his top team and issues of public order are discussed as necessary.