Operation Encompass

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please provide an update on Met actions undertaken since the launch of 'Operation Encompass' and the outcomes to date of this operation.


Answer for Operation Encompass

Answer for Operation Encompass

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Operation Encompass is a partnership between the MPS in Westminster, the Home Office's Central London Immigration Compliance and Enforcement (ICE) team and one of a range of approaches to tackling rough sleeping among non-UK nationals, who constitute a large majority of those on the streets. The initiative focusses on those who have refused offers of assistance to return home, secure employment or regularise their immigration status.

Since the launch of Operation Encompass in May 2014, outcomes include the following:

               1403 rough sleepers, 84% of them non-UK nationals, encountered and passed to outreach services or ICE.

               32 over-stayers and/or wanted offenders arrested.

               103 "Minded To Remove" letters issued, with recipients proceeding to engage with ICE.

               80 removal directions served.

In addition, my flagship No Second Night Out service assisted 725 people off the streets of London between October 2014 and March 2015.

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