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4 Days In August - MPS Full Report

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#1 OFFLINE   Switch


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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:24 pm


The Metropolitan Police Service’s report into the summer disorder, “4 Days In August”, is released today (14 March) following a comprehensive internal review.

This report is the MPS assessment of our actions, our key findings and what work we have undertaken and continue to take forward. This is the final report, having previously published the interim report in October 2011 where we highlighted several areas that improvements needed to be made.

"Having faced unprecedented challenges we are determined to do all we can to improve."

Despite many thousands of officers putting themselves in the line of fire and working almost around the clock to try to protect London, we were not able to contain the disorder until the fourth day. The MPS engagement, intelligence and operational response plans were not sufficient to prevent or respond to the unprecedented scale and speed of the unfolding disorder in the summer.

The MPS has sought to take as comprehensive a view as possible in compiling this report to provide an accurate reflection of events and lessons to be learnt.

Whilst this is the final report of this review, extensive work continues within the MPS in order to take the recommendations forward.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: “Having faced unprecedented challenges we are determined to do all we can to improve. Within the pages of this report are a number of areas the Met can do better. The purpose of the review was to identify these and to act upon them - which we are already doing.

“What I hope isn’t lost amongst the public’s reading of our detailed analysis is the extreme situation and the individual acts of heroism that took place across London. The summer was without precedent and as a result stretched the MPS beyond all anticipated capability. However I accept this will be of little comfort for those who were victim to the violence, looting and arson.

“I want to do everything possible to help prevent the MPS, and more importantly Londoners, from being in that position again. These recommendations, and the host of changes we have already made, such as Haringey borough having an additional 50 officers and improvements to our mobilisation procedures, will help us to do this.”

- Download the full report here.

I am half way through reading it, but at the moment, a very interesting read. It is quite in depth and accurate on SMT names and actions, which I think is good.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:40 pm

I will read with interest!

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:56 pm

Not much (if anything) in there about the MSC. I am sure that there were hundreds of MSC out on patrol at one point but there is almost no mention of them. I think the MSC OSU and some of your colleagues on the most impacted Boroughs where out there in numbers. Heck I even had to leave my tea and biccies in the office and go out

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:57 pm

Over 1,600 on the Tuesday!

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:07 pm

p109 is of interest -

In development of this, the MPS is undertaking work to extend the scope of the SMP to include the activation of other MPS assets, including specialist assets for deployment direct to the incident such as mounted branch and dog teams. In addition the mobilisation of a support infrastructure in the form of logistics staff, the use of police staff to backfill relevant officer roles (and thus release greater officer asset) and the use of officers from the Special Constabulary in spontaneous public disorder incidents is being developed.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:24 pm

One of the personnel accounts mentions us getting mobilsed.

Sadly no mention of our borough commander rugby tackling and arresting a guy who kicked HMVs window and then leading a baton charge in his beat uniform :whistle:

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 12:55 am

Bump for interest, but will definitely have to read through the 140-odd pages!

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:59 am

It was interesting to read that they are planning on increasing level 2 officers by over 50%.

Also the insurance claims are about £250 million at the moment. I'd hazard a guess the riots would of probably cost near a billion with all the aspects taken into consideration (unclaimed costs, overtime, extra force deployments, court costs etc)

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 01:52 pm

I've got a great idea everyone lets make 20% cuts to policing. :new_shades:

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