Undercover police and sexual relationships (4)

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2018-11-01
Session date: 
November 1, 2018
Reference: 
2018/2967
Question By: 
Siân Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Are any Metropolitan Police Service officers still engaged in undercover operations that involve sexual relationships based on false identities?

Answer

Answer for Undercover police and sexual relationships (4)

Answer for Undercover police and sexual relationships (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is no evidence to indicate that any Met officers currently engaged in undercover operations are involved in sexual relationships based on false identities.  The deployment of officers in these circumstances is now subject to the robust scrutiny of the Investigative Powers Commissioners and by the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

The public apology of AC Martin Hewitt in 2015 confirmed that the forming of a sexual relationship by an undercover officer would never be authorised in advance, nor indeed used as a tactic of a deployment.