Following on from the number of major incidents of a national magnitude the Met Police has dealt with during this Mayoral term, have you personally taken the time to investigate along with your Deputy Mayor the complex needs of the Police Family Liaison Officers and wrap around co-ordinated bereavement services across our public services?
The Commissioner, the Deputy Mayor and I take the wellbeing of London’s police officers incredibly seriously Officers across the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), including Police Family Liaison Officers face a range of challenging circumstances, which can require specialist support. As a result, the MPS offers extensive support to officers that have had to deal with traumatic experiences, this includes:
In terms of the broader coordination of bereavement services, the Ministry of Justice is responsible for the national Homicide Service which provides support for families bereaved by murder and manslaughter. MOPAC has worked with partners to implement the Ministry of Justice’s Major Crime Incidents Framework which ensures the close coordinated between local victims support services (in the form of London Victims Witness Service in London) and the nationally commissioned Homicide Service. These working arrangements have worked very effectively in coordinating support for those affected by the recent terrorist incidents at London Bridge and Streatham.