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Cuckooing

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

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Photo of Keith Prince Keith Prince Conservative

What progress has the Met made to stop cuckooing?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The MPS has developed guidance for officers on how to deal with cuckooing. This includes guidance around the law, identifying vulnerable persons or venues, how Safer Neighbourhood Team Officers can assist by conducting regular visits, partnership working with other agencies, and obtaining a closure order when antisocial behaviour is associated with a premises.

The reporting of cuckooing has also been streamlined by the addition of a flag to Pre-Assessment Checks (PACs) which are created when police deal with vulnerable people, and a cuckooing flag can also be added on the Crime Report Information System (CRIS).