Police and Press releases (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2721
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you agree that the Met Police need to be more sensitive when commenting, or press releasing, allegations against officers who are themselves taking civil actions against the police, or who have acted as whistle blowers?  Should the MPS show restraint in such situations and have a senior officer double check both the accuracy of any information released to ensure that it is not seen as part of a deliberate attempt at character assassination? 

Answer

Answer for Police and Press releases (1)

Answer for Police and Press releases (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS Directorate of Media & Communications (DMC) follows guidance in issuing press notices in advance of first appearances for officers charged/summonsed with offences alleged to have been committed on-duty.

Additionally, DMC issues details of officers charged or summonsed in relation to serious offences, or those relating to officer's duties, alleged to have been committed off-duty.

Details of the charges an officer faces are included in such press notices but additional details are restricted by the requirements of the Contempt of Court Act. The media team will always endeavour to ensure that information contained within press releases accurately reflect the charges against the officers.