Deputy Commissioner Mackay and Crime Victims (2)

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


To ask the mayor if anyone at New Scotland Yard foresaw the media firestorm that would follow Deputy Commissioner Mackay's comments in the Evening Standard on 25 August 2017 and if not, why not?


Answer for Deputy Commissioner Mackay and Crime Victims (2)

Answer for Deputy Commissioner Mackay and Crime Victims (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am very proud of the service the MPS offers to all Londoners. It is important to stress that the MPS does not provide a lesser service to English speakers, but where members of the public struggle to communicate, for whatever reason, the MPS is more likely to deploy officers to make sure they properly understand any risks to their safety.

The MPS cannot account for how media will headline extended interviews that cover a variety of subjects. The MPS has written to the media explaining that headlines accompanying this story gave a misleading impression of its response to requests for help.