"Gagging orders" for police officers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2507
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Why have the MPS banned officers working in counter terrorism, diplomatic protection and other key areas from writing or blogging about their experiences when they retire?  All officers are already obliged to sign the Official Secrets Act, does this new "gagging order" not discourage whistle-blowing?

Answer

Answer for "Gagging orders" for police officers

Answer for "Gagging orders" for police officers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS policy governs the publication procedures for all current and former police officers and police staff,  who seek to publish comments based upon their policing experience.   It applies irrespective of the MPS department to which they are/were attached.

The policy dictates that only authorised publication is permitted. This is especially pertinent where details of tactics, covert methods or other confidential matters could be disclosed.

The policy does not infringe a staff member's right or ability to report wrongdoing or make an allegation of misconduct.