Met Chief Says Officers Shouldn’t Confer Over Deaths
Thursday 14th August 2014
The head of the Met Police says officers shouldn’t “confer” in cases that involve police shootings or deaths in custody.
The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has said officers involved with police shootings or deaths in custody should not speak to each other before “writing up their notes”.
It has been common practice for officers to discuss such cases amongst themselves prior to making statements. This led the coroner for the inquest into the shooting of Mark Duggan to say officers discussing the case in this way “created a perception of collusion”.
The Commissioner’s comments come just over a week after the Deputy Commissioner, Craig Mackey, sent a letter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission saying that “limited conferring” was needed in some cases.
Today also saw the Met announce that from 2016 all frontline officers will wear chest or head mounted cameras.
Sir Bernard Hogan-How said “It’s important for policing to be transparent”.