Community engagement on sensitive tactics

MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


When rolling out a pilot that might affect community cohesion, such as the previously proposed trial of 'spit hoods', is there a community engagement process that the Metropolitan Police Service must follow?


Answer for Community engagement on sensitive tactics

Answer for Community engagement on sensitive tactics

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Operational decisions are for the Commissioner to make.

However, as I said at MQT in September, if the MPS proposed a substantive change in the use of Taser, Stop and Search, Water Cannon or any other intrusive tactic, I would expect there to be a discussion between the MPS and myself or my Deputy Mayor about the need for public consultation.

There is no specific 'engagement process' that the MPS must follow.  However, the MPS is sensitive to community feelings and recognises how certain policy decisions or operational matters may have an impact. All policies which don't normally include operational tactics are subject to an Equalities Impact Assessment, and some may require further consultation or engagement.  This is done by different methods, including Gold Groups, Key Individual Networks (KINs), IAGs, and Special Community Reference Groups. The aim is to better understand the impact of policies and operations on certain communities and how best to manage implementation. This is considered as good practice to help maintain public trust and confidence in our policing services.