Contingency plan to deal with escaped zoo carnivores

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3308
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

It was recently suggested that all police forces with a zoo within its borders have drawn up contingency plans in case of escaped carnivores. Is it true that the Metropolitan Police Service has such a contingency plan, and what is it?

Answer

Answer for Contingency plan to deal with escaped zoo carnivores

Answer for Contingency plan to deal with escaped zoo carnivores

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS, in partnership with Local Authority Planners have a number of contingency plans in place for various vulnerable sites across London in the unlikely event this occurs. London Zoo is the most prominent zoo within London. The zoo borders two boroughs, Westminster and Camden, and therefore there are two special schemes in place for local officers. In addition there is a tactical plan in place for MPS Firearms Command (SCO19) which includes maps and some additional information relating to most relevant weapons and ammunition to be deployed.

The MPS work closely in partnership with the zoo to review the plans regularly through joint table top and practical exercises. London Zoo has their own firearms team to deal with incidents inside the zoo and to provide tactical advice outside the zoo in these rare circumstances.