Public use of social media to catch sex offenders

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0662
Question By: 
Kemi Badenoch
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

There have been a number of incidents recently where members of the public have used social media to catch individuals committing sex offences and then reported the incidents to the police. What steps have you, MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police Service taken to ensure that members of the public are not prejudicing potential enquires by acting in such a way?

Answer

Answer for Public use of social media to catch sex offenders

Answer for Public use of social media to catch sex offenders

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I fully recognise that members of the public have deep concerns about sex offences, as I do, and I appreciate the motivation to address this terrible crime. However, I understand concerns of the MPS about the use of social media in this way, and I would always encourage the public to contact the police directly and immediately if they witness a crime or have any suspicions about possible criminal activity. National guidance around the management of these investigations is currently being drafted by the Chief Constable of Norfolk, who is the National Lead in this area. The MPS has devised its own guidance and toolkit for officers, in consultation with the CPS, on the management of these cases.