MPS/CPS Evidence Disclosure (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2018
Reference: 
2018/0562
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In light of recent cases where non-disclosure of social media posts and text messages have occurred, what review(s) are being undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to ensure an appropriate disclosure scheme is in place for all crimes?

Answer

Answer for MPS/CPS Evidence Disclosure (1)

Answer for MPS/CPS Evidence Disclosure (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS and CPS are jointly reviewing 600 RASSO (Rape and Serious Sexual Offences) cases. In addition, Officer in Cases are being asked to review all their schedules in the more serious offence types to ensure they are satisfied that all relevant material has been revealed to the CPS. Where non-relevant schedules exist, they are being sent to the CPS. The MPS are currently running local disclosure awareness raising with officers within Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command and this will expand to other operational command units in time. In the medium to long term the MPS will be working with the CPS and National Police Chiefs Council to provide disclosure training to all police officers, led by suitably trained and experienced staff in line with the recommendations contained within the Allan review and the National Disclosure Action Plan.