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

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Photo of Keith Prince Keith Prince Conservative

Why don’t the Roads and Traffic Unit and Op Trident share details of operations with Basic Command Units?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The MPS has informed me that the RTPC does provide its Operations Calendar to the Co-ordination and Tasking Office (CATO) on a monthly basis, which contains the relevant details of its operations. All Safer Transport Team (STT) Inspectors, who have access to the Calendar attend BCU Tasking meetings every four weeks and feed this information to the boroughs. There are no operations that are withheld, and the RTPC shares as much information as possible.

Op Trident style operations cover a range of offending at different levels of criminality. This may be joint work with BCU’s to tackle gang crime at a street level (drug supply, knife violence, gun possession), through to tackling the most harmful organised crime networks in the UK and beyond. Unless it is a joint deployment already, sharing of details of any operation with local policing colleagues will be undertaken if it does not jeopardise the overall success of providing sustained public protection.