In answer to my live question to you on 21 March you were not able to give a definitive answer about what guidance is available to police in how they treat street preachers in London, after the arrest and de-arrest of Pastor Oluwole Olusamni. What guidance do police officers receive, and how will you ensure that there is no re-occurrence of the manner in which Pastor Olu was treated?
In response to your oral Mayor’s Question regarding the arrest of Christian street preacher Oluwole Olesanmi and freedom of speech, police officers take freedom of speech incredibly seriously and understand that this right must be protected at all times. Christian street preachers, like other preachers have the right to freedom of speech, however if their speech or behaviour are believed to hurt or intimidate others then police officers must investigate allegations of this nature.
Police officers receive guidance on the powers that are available to them if there is likely to be a breach of the peace, taught to consider a variety of legislation for any decision that is made and act responsibly with regards to street preachers. The Metropolitan Police Service will consider the learning that arises from this case.