Metropolitan Police Service biometric technology funding

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-10-12
Session date: 
October 12, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3980
Question By: 
Siân Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Has the Metropolitan Police Service been given funding by the Home Office to develop biometric technology?

Answer

Answer for Metropolitan Police Service biometric technology funding

Answer for Metropolitan Police Service biometric technology funding

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS has not been given specific grant funding to develop biometric technology (fingerprints, DNA and face).  However, the MPS does access the national fingerprint and DNA databases that are funded by the Home Office and are a critical tool in crime investigation.