Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime and Metropolitan Police Service communication channels with residents

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 29th August 2019.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Onkar Sahota Onkar Sahota Labour

How do Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime and the Metropolitan Police Service work use communication channels with residents (such as social media websites) to gather intelligence?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The MPS does not regularly monitor community or resident-focussed communications channels, such as social media accounts, for intelligence purposes. They are often closed, which prevents viewing in the first place. Any sustained monitoring of an open account for intelligence purposes would likely require a directed surveillance authority and would be conducted by suitably trained officers and usually as part of a specific investigation. Intelligence arising from community groups would normally be fed directly into a Safer Neighbourhood Team by residents, which would then be placed onto the MPS intelligence system. MOPAC has no role in gathering intelligence from social media.