Met must im­prove on pro­tect­ing vul­ner­a­ble

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Metropoli­tan Po­lice is on or­ders to im­prove in the way it keeps peo­ple safe and re­duces crime.

A re­port on po­lice ef­fec­tive­ness by Her Majesty’s In­spec­torate of Con­stab­u­lary (HMIC) con­cluded the force needs to im­prove when it comes to in­ves­ti­gat­ing crime and man­ag­ing of­fend­ers as well as pro­tect­ing vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

Over­all the Met was classed as ‘good’ al­though there are some ar­eas that ‘re­quire im­prove­ment’.

Deputy as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Mark Sim­mons said: “The Met has been mak­ing huge strides in re­duc­ing crime and mak­ing Lon­don safer, but we clearly need to fo­cus more on how well we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing crimes, pro­tect­ing the vul­ner­a­ble and mak­ing sure of­fend­ers are bet­ter man­aged.

“Much of this work started some months ago and is start­ing to de­liver re­sults but we need to demon­strate that we will main­tain the de­ter­mi­na­tion to drive for­ward fur­ther im­prove­ments in the fu­ture.”

HMIC graded the force on its over­all ef­fec­tive­ness, based on an as­sess­ment of how well it pre­vents crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, in­ves­ti­gates crime and man­ages of­fend­ers, pro­tects vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and sup­port vic­tims and tack­les se­ri­ous and or­gan­ised crime.

The Met was told it needs to im­prove the con­sis­tency of how it keeps vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple safe, with chil­dren in par­tic­u­lar.

In re­sponse to the find­ings, an NSPCC spokesman said: “The Metropoli­tan Po­lice has made a good start tack­ling child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion but the re­port shows the force still has work to do to en­sure that miss­ing chil­dren and chil­dren at risk of ex­ploita­tion are safe.

“As more vic­tims of child abuse and ex­ploita­tion con­tinue to come for­ward, it’s es­sen­tial that all po­lice forces are prop­erly trained and equipped to re­spond to th­ese most hor­rific of crimes.”

Other crit­i­cisms is­sued by HMIC in­cluded de­lays in al­lo­cat­ing crimes to of­fi­cers for in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and a short­age of trained de­tec­tives and some ba­sic equip­ment for front­line of­fi­cers.

They this un­der­mined the Metropoli­tan Po­lice’s over­all per­for­mance.

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