Met must improve on protecting vulnerable
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.