Moped pursuits (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3199
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you believe that the current Metropolitan Police 'pursuit policy' that stops the police from chasing moped thieves who aren't wearing helmets is unacceptable?

Answer

Answer for Moped pursuits (1)

Answer for Moped pursuits (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

MPS policy - in line with nationally approved guidance - does not preclude a pursuit from continuing when a rider or pillion removes their helmet.  It also does not preclude tactical contact.

When in pursuit, officers, their tactical advisors and the senior officer in charge must constantly review the risk posed by continuing, balanced against the type of criminality under consideration and the risk posed to all road users.

It is important that officers feel confident and able to take appropriate action when pursuing suspects on mopeds.  It is also important that the law and any guidelines protect and do not hinder the police.