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Digital Forensic Services in the Met (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

Please provide a detailed explanation of the commissioning process for digital forensic services in the Met.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The MPS has a contract with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) for digital forensic services which was awarded following a competitive negotiated procedure in accordance with the Public Contract Regulations 2015.

The contract includes three main service lines.

The selection of subcontractors considers technical capability including accreditation (where this is in place), price and availability. The MSP has rights to reject subcontractors where for reasonable reasons they are deemed unsuitable.

In addition, the MSP provides cell site survey services and research and development services. To deliver the cell site service, a small team of cell site experts are co-located with the MPS to provide cell site surveys and analysis work. For R&D work, relationships are determined on a project by project basis to connect with wider industry.