Police cells

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 5th June 2019.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

What contingency plans do the Met have if 300 protesters have caused the police to run out of cells?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has a custody estate of 592 cells available across 23 suites operating 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. There are 8 contingency suites (totalling 149 cells), which are not in everyday use, but are available for immediate use should the need arise.

In addition, the MPS has mutual aid agreements with neighbouring forces to use their custody facilities in extremis. This agreement has not been activated since the establishment of the Met Detention command in 2015.