War Crimes Unit

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many officers at what ranks have been redeployed from the war crimes unit; is it intended that this should be a short term closure of the unit and if so for how long; and if it is intended to be permanent how will the Met investigate alleged war criminals, especially historic cases which require specialist expertise and knowledge?


Answer for War Crimes Unit

Answer for War Crimes Unit

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is no dedicated war crime unit. War crimes are investigated by SO15 Counter Terrorism Command. Officers that deal with such investigations also deal with mainstream terrorist investigations.

As a result of recent events in the UK, the live threat to the country has been escalated. As such we have made the difficult policy decision to deprioritise investigations of this kind that does not raise any immediate threat to life issues. A team of detectives from SO15 are on hand to review all information received, to identify if it meets the criteria and to the viability of instigating an immediate investigation.

This will remain our position until such a time as we are able to re-instigate investigations and this will of course be under regular review.