Met's Special Enquiry Team

MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


When was the Special Enquiry Team formed? What is the function of the SET? What cases and what types of cases has it been allocated in each of the last 5 years?


Answer for Met's Special Enquiry Team

Answer for Met's Special Enquiry Team

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Special Enquiry Team has been in existence for approximately 15 years.

The function of the Special Enquiry Team is to investigate sensitive and confidential enquiries within London involving high profile subjects and politically exposed persons, which require specialist investigations.  It function is also to investigate allegations relating to offences committed by those in public office and/or on the Parliamentary Estate where the matter relates to the disclosure of their duties as a public official. It also investigates allegations of electoral fraud and malpractice.

Since 2013 the Special Enquiry Team has investigated over 170 recorded criminal offences; a significant number of other allegations have been assessed but did not result in a criminal investigation.  This has included investigations into allegations of bribery, perjury, theft, misconduct in public office, perverting the course of justice, electoral fraud and malpractice, blackmail, harassment, malicious communications and offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act.