MPS communication policy on releasing images of weapons

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2108
Question By: 
Sian Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

At the Police and Crime Committee meeting on 23 March 2017, I asked the Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) about the release of alarming images of guns and knives retrieved in surrender initiatives to the press and social media. The committee's recent report on youth violence concluded that fear of danger from weapons is a driving factor for some young people carrying weapons. Does the MPS or MOPAC have a policy that helps decide whether to release these kinds of images and what is the evidence base for this policy? Will it be reviewed in light of the committee's findings?

Answer

Answer for MPS communication policy on releasing images of weapons

Answer for MPS communication policy on releasing images of weapons

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS have a media policy to ensure their communications are appropriate, open and transparent. However, the policy does not specifically address when to use images of weapons or not. An important part of the MPS communication strategy is to demonstrate what the police are doing to combat a crime, and highlighting the consequences of criminal activity is an important crime prevention message.

However, as part of the development of the Mayors knife crime strategy, the MPS and MOPAC will examine the committee's report and decide whether more specific advice to is required.