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Following the deeply concerning news that a Met police officer was arrested on suspicion of being a member of a banned organisation linked with right-wing terrorism, how will you be working with the Met to ensure that no other police officer or member of staff is part of any proscribed far-right group or organisation?
All police officers and staff are vetted when they join the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). This vetting includes, as standard, a ‘Counter Terrorism Check’. Information that an individual is associated with extremism is taken very seriously.
Membership of a proscribed organisation is a criminal offence and as such is subject to a range of overt and covert intelligence collection and monitoring processes across the MPS and national counter terrorism network.
The College of Policing (CoP) Code of Ethics governs the conduct of police officers both on and off duty, and guides action, including disciplinary proceedings, where an officer behaves in a manner which undermines public confidence.
This empowers the MPS and Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to take disciplinary action in addition to criminal proceedings, where this is proportionate and necessary.
Furthermore, the MPS provides a range of reporting mechanisms including confidential reporting for the public or workforce to report any concerns.