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Special Ops

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 12th March 2020.

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Why can’t Basic Command Units use central Met funding for special ops?

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BCUs can and do use central funding. Central funding in this context is funds for proactive operations which are administered by the MPS’ Coordination and Tasking Office (CATO).

There are a range of budget lines that are managed. It may sometimes not be possible to support an operation due to constraints on a particular budget line at a point in time during the financial year – when that is the case, funds will be directed at those bids which demonstrate the greatest risk of imminent harm, threat or risk.

In such circumstances, bids from anywhere in the MPS may be declined if they do not meet such criteria. An example might be funds being declined by one BCU for routine burglary patrols yet at the same time a bid for a neighbouring (or the same) BCU may be supported if it demonstrates the risk of violence/knife crime.