Oversight of Metropolitan Police investigation reports

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


Since the publication of the Operation Alice or 'Plebgate' closing report - which showed the Metropolitan Police used RIPA to obtain the phone records of the Sun's political editor and news desk despite laws protecting journalists' sources - you have called for judicial authorisation for RIPA requests for journalists' records. Investigation closing reports are not normally made public. Therefore, does MOPAC ever/have a system for reviewing investigation reports to ensure it is satisfied that the police tactics are appropriate?


Answer for Oversight of Metropolitan Police investigation reports

Answer for Oversight of Metropolitan Police investigation reports

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The choice of policing tactics is for operational officers to make. MOPAC's role is to have strategic oversight of the MPS.

The current oversight mechanisms in place provide sufficient detailed scrutiny and the Mayor and Deputy Mayor meet regularly with the Commissioner and his top team to discuss prominent issues affecting the performance of the MPS overall.

As you will be aware, the Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office (IOCCO) conduct annual inspections of the MPS use and authorisation processes associated with Communications Data. The Operation Alice investigation was supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission with additional legal advice obtained from the Crown Prosecution Service.