Metropolitan Police Service Community Relations

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Reference: 
2016/3708
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What processes does the Metropolitan Police Service have in place to ensure that any unit established to improve relations with BAME communities does not inadvertently hinder criminal investigations, such as those involving FGM, due to fear of upsetting cultural sensitivities?

Answer

Answer for Metropolitan Police Service Community Relations

Answer for Metropolitan Police Service Community Relations

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS seeks to investigate all crimes including FGM in an equal and fair way whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. That cultural awareness relates to the provision of a better informed service to victims, whilst understanding the behaviour and motivations of the perpetrator(s). 

The MPS Project Azure team works extensively with communities, the Voluntary and Community Sector, and survivors of FGM, to prevent offending, support and empower women and girls, and improve intelligence in relation to offenders in order to arrest and seek prosecution.  Investigating officers and their managers are accountable for their investigations, which are conducted in a professional, committed, diligent and efficient way.

In addition, the MPS has policies and toolkits in place to tackle all forms of crime; particularly those relating to violence against women and girls including FGM. Such policies, which are applicable to all members of staff set out the MPS standards.

Officers working on strategic and/or community engagement will follow the MPS policies and procedures, which relate to specific crime types or other business.