Helicopter image retention policy (3)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th September 2019.

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Photo of Siân Berry Siân Berry Green

In your answer to my question 2017/4364, you told me that the National Police Air Service (NPAS) would be introducing a retention policy for footage and images recorded by helicopter cameras for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in London by late January 2018. Could you now tell me: a) was this policy brought in, b) what is the retention period for non-evidential images, c) have all non-evidential images older than the retention period now been removed and permanently deleted, d) how many facial recognition searches have been conducted on images collected by NPAS, and e) what proportion of the database of images collected by NPAS is held as evidential images?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Officers are drafting a response. Please be advised that there may be some delay as the information also requires input from functional bodies.