Undercover officers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3208
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Thank you for your answer to my questions 2015/2693 and 2015/2692 regarding Undercover Special Operation Squad where you respond to my question about whether any officers would be placed in significant danger as a result of their identities being revealed? You state "concerning the danger faced by officers, this would require individual risk assessment to be carried out in each case and the assessment would be likely to vary dependent on when such a request was made."

       Was a risk assessment carried out on any of the officers identified by the women who claimed to have had been misled into having relationships with Met Police undercover officers?  

       Was this risk assessment done prior to the Met Police defending their 'neither confirm, nor deny' policy in court?

       Has the Met ever carried out such a risk assessment on any undercover officer who faced being exposed in Parliament, or the media?

Answer

Answer for Undercover officers

Answer for Undercover officers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Metropolitan Police have strict procedures around the use of undercover officers, much of this is set out in the Covert Human Intelligence Source code of practice of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.  Section 6.14 states ' ....Before authorising the use of conduct of a CHIS (undercover operative), the authorising officer should ensure that a risk assessment is carried out to determine the risk to the CHIS of any tasking and the likely consequences should the role of the CHIS become known. The ongoing security and welfare of the CHIS, after the cancellation of the authorisation, should also be considered at the outset. Also, consideration should be given to the management of any requirement to disclose information tending to reveal the existence or identity of a CHIS to, or in, Court.'  Hence you can see that risk assessments are at the heart of all actions and procedures.  The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime regularly meets with Commander Richard Martin as part of his oversight of this critical area of policing.

The number of operatives within the unit has not been made public at this time and the units remain subject to an ongoing investigation by Operation Herne. Risk assessments are maintained assessing levels of threat, which would vary dependent upon the different circumstances of each individual case.