David Amess

Home Office written question – answered on 23rd November 2021.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to convene a meeting between the College of Policing and religious leaders following the murder of Sir David Amess MP.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

Following the murder of Sir David Amess MP, the College of Policing and police leaders have welcomed engagement with faith, community leaders or others who have concerns about guidance for police officers related to the preservation and security of crime scenes, to understand their views and consider possible next steps on this issue.

The Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick established a joint group to consider whether any changes are required to the guidance issued to officers faced with questions of access to crime scenes related to traumatic violence.

The joint group has begun its work, led by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for homicide investigation, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy, and involving representatives from the Catholic Church, the College of Policing and relevant policing leads.

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