RIPA requests

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Evening Standard was recently told by the Metropolitan Police Service that around 2,000 of the 45,000 RIPA requests they received last year concerned 'Life threatening cases'. Can you please provide a breakdown of the other most common categories of RIPA requests and the numbers involved?


Answer for RIPA requests

Answer for RIPA requests

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The 2,000 RIPA requests referred to in Evening Standard report are urgent verbal authorities, and are applied in circumstances where:

  • There is an immediate threat to life, or for the protection of life, such that a person's life might be endangered if the application process was undertaken in writing from the outset.
  • There is an exceptionally urgent operational requirement.
  • There is a credible and immediate threat to national security.  

Otherwise, the other most common categories include targeting those involved in drug supply, Robbery, Fraud, burglary, sexual offences, firearms, and murder.