Blue Alert system

MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The United States of America recently introduced legislation that mandates the Justice Department to devise a notification system to quickly relay alerts regarding threats and assaults against police officers to law enforcement authorities across the country. What considerations have you made about these proposals, and would you support the introduction of a similar system in London?


Answer for Blue Alert system

Answer for Blue Alert system

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The United States mechanism is designed for a country with over 17,000 police forces, which is markedly different to the situation here.

There are established methods for reviewing threats and communicating messages across the country and cascading information to front line officers.

Nonetheless the MPS will always seek to use what learning it can from other forces where appropriate.