Undercover police inquiry

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2018-11-01
Session date: 
November 1, 2018
Reference: 
2018/2970
Question By: 
Sian Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Has the Metropolitan Police Service issued instructions to staff not to destroy evidence which is relevant to the undercover police inquiry? If so, on what dates were these instructions issued?

Answer

Answer for Undercover police inquiry

Answer for Undercover police inquiry

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)  first issued a 'command circulation' to the Counter Terrorism Command in May 2014 ordering all staff to adopt a positive retention policy and not to destroy anything of potential relevance to the UCPI.  Instructions not to suppress, conceal, alter or destroy any material relating to undercover policing were then circulated to all MPS staff on the intranet front page in August 2015. This message was re-circulated on an intranet news item and a slide to all departments 'MetBats' daily briefings in May 2017. Instructions to this effect are permanently present on the standing Records Management Policy instructions.

The operational units which have had involvement with undercover policing have provided assurance statements as to the lengths taken to identify and preserve evidence which might be potentially relevant.