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The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) exists to make sure that London’s police are accountable for the services they provide to people in the capital. It is an independent statutory body, established under The Greater London Authority Act 1999, and came into effect in July 2000.

The Authority gives Londoners a regime of local democratic accountability for policing that previously did not exist – its duties and responsibilities formerly rested directly with the Home Secretary.

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MPA committee meeting: Finance and Resources Committee

51/1118 October 2011 A meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority Finance and Resources Committee will be held in Meeting Room 1, 10 Dean Farrar Street, London, SW1H 0NY on Thursday 20 October at 2.00pm.Members of the committee will discuss, amongst other items: Finance matters Capital and revenue budget monitoring 2011/12 – period 5 (to end August 2011) Second review of the capital programme 2011/12 Banking and RBS: update on the banking sector and the MPA banker Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) IS/IT and procurement matters The Government procurement service framework agreement for office supplies Award of contract for the provision of coach services for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Routine Contracts Programme Estate  matters Disposal of: Finchley section house (Amberden Avenue, Finchley); Westcome Park former police station (11-13 Combedale Road, Greenwich, London SE10 0LQ); Rennetts Wood House (Flats 1-12 Rennet’s Wood House, Bexley Road, Greenwich, London, SE9 2NE) The committee papers are available on the MPA website at: www.mpa.gov.uk/committees/finres/2011/1020/


Metropolitan Police Authority: October meeting

52/1125 October 2011 The October meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority will be held in Committee rooms 4 and 5, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA at 10.00 a.m. on Thursday 27 October 2011. The meeting is open to members of the public and press, and everyone is welcome to attend. There is access for disabled people and induction loops are available. Kit Malthouse, chair of the MPA, will give an oral update on key issues or events since the last Authority meeting. Commissioner Benard Hogan-Howe will present a report on policing performance and respond to questions from Authority members. Members will also discuss Stop and Account - a report on the proposed changes to recording requirements in Stop and Search and Account as contained in the Crime & Security Act which came into force on 7 March 2010.The full Authority committee papers are available on the MPA website at: www.mpa.gov.uk/committees/mpa/2011/1027

MPA appoints two new Assistant Commissioners to the Met

53/1125 October 2011 The Metropolitan Police Authority has appointed Mark Rowley (currently Chief Constable of Surrey) and Simon Byrne (currently Deputy Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police) as new Assistant Commissioners with the Metropolitan Police Service. The interviews were conducted by a panel of MPA members, with Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary Sir Denis O’Connor and Catherine Crawford, MPA Chief Executive, acting as advisers to the panel. Commenting on the appointment, Kit Malthouse, chair of the MPA, said: “On behalf of the MPA I welcome Mark and Simon to the Metropolitan Police Service. While all the candidates interviewed had their individual strengths, both Mark and Simon excelled in interview and impressed the panel with their knowledge and experience. As Assistant Commissioners they will be expected to play a significant role within the Met, ensuring its officers make London a safer city for us all.” Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “From the interviews it was very clear that Mark and Simon bring with them huge levels of operational experience. I am really pleased to be able to welcome them to the Met and know that their appointment will help the Met deliver our aim of world class policing that Londoners can be proud of.” Notes to editors The appointment to Assistant Commissioner is for a five year fixed term period at an annual starting salary of £181,455.The MPA selection panel comprised: Kit Malthouse (MPA chair, Assembly member), Reshard Auladin and Cindy Butts (both independent members), Toby Harris (Home Secretary’s appointment), Joanne McCartney and Caroline Pidgeon (both Assembly members).

MPA committee meeting: Strategic and Operational Policing Committee

54/119 November 2011 A meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority Strategic and Operational Policing Committee will be held in Meeting Room 1, 10 Dean Farrar Street, London, SW1H 0NY on Thursday 10 November 2011 at 2.00pm. Amongst other items, members of the committee will discuss: update on the Safer Neighbourhoods operating model Territorial Policing development - oral update: DAC Stephen Kavanagh will provide an overview of the Territorial Policing Development Programme Specialist Crime Directorate 2: serious sexual offences review MPA report on child sexual exploitation Notes to Editors The full committee papers are available on the MPA website at: www.mpa.gov.uk/committees/sop/2011/1110

MPA committee meetings: Joint meeting of the Finance and Resources and Strategic and Operational Policing and Committees, followed by the Finance and Resources Committee

55/1115 November 2011 A joint meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority Finance and Resources  and Strategic and Operational Policing and Committees will be held in Meeting Room 1, 10 Dean Farrar Street, London, SW1H 0NY at 2.00 pm on Thursday 17 November 2011. It will be followed immediately by the Finance and Resources Committee. At the joint meeting, members will discuss: Policing London Business Plan 2012-15 At the Finance and Resources Committee, amongst other items members will discuss: Finance matters: Capital and revenue budget monitoring 2011/12 – period 6 Estate matters: disposal of Wallington former police station andTrinity Road Wandsworth former police office Procurement matters: interim award for the provision of vehicle fuel charge card facilities  Committee papers for these meetings are available on the website at: www.mpa.gov.uk/committees/sop/2011/1117-joint and www.mpa.gov.uk/committees/finres/2011/1117

Metropolitan Police Authority: November meeting

56/1122 November 2011 The November meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority will be held in The Chamber, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA at 10.00 a.m. on Thursday 24 November 2011. The meeting is open to members of the public and press, and everyone is welcome to attend. There is access for disabled people and induction loops are available.  The Chair of the MPA will give an oral update on key issues or events since the last Authority meeting. Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe will present a report on policing performance and respond to questions from Authority members. The Authority has received a question from a member of the public, Samantha Rigg-David, submitted on behalf of the United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC). It relates to the policing of the recent Deaths in Custody March in central London on Saturday 29 October 2011. The Chief Executive’s response on behalf of the Authority will be given at the meeting. Members will also discuss: Policing London Business Plan Civil Liberties Panel review ‘Protecting the innocent’ – The London Experience of DNA and the national DNA database The full Authority committee papers are available on the MPA website at: www.mpa.gov.uk/committees/mpa/2011/1124

Metropolitan Police Authority: Final full Authority meeting

01/126 January 2012 The last meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority, prior to the inauguration of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, will be held in meeting room 1 (ground floor), 10 Dean Farrar Street, London SW1 on Thursday 12 January 2012 at 10.00 a.m. The meeting is open to members of the public and press, and everyone is welcome to attend. The Chair of the MPA will give an oral update on key issues or events since the last Authority meeting. Members will also discuss: Report by the MPA Civil Liberties Panel on the policing of public protest: outlining progress of the MPS against the recommendations of the Panel’s review Responding to G20 and identifying areas for further improvement Treasury management: half year report 1 April to 30 September 2011 MPA retrospective: the significant activities and achievements of the MPA MPA final report: committee responsibilities and arrangements for continuing such work within the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime The full Authority committee papers are available on the MPA website at: www.mpa.gov.uk/committees/mpa/2012/0112

MPA Statement: Commander Ali Dizaei

50/1130 September 2011 On 28 September 2011 the Police Appeals Tribunal (PAT), whose members are appointed by the Home Office, met to consider Dr Ali Dizaei’s appeal against his dismissal from the Metropolitan Police Service. The PAT upheld his appeal against dismissal. On receipt of their decision on 29 September, the Metropolitan Police Authority’s Professional Standards Cases Sub-committee (PSCSC) immediately convened to consider the current status of outstanding matters concerning Commander Dizaei. After careful deliberation the PSCSC unanimously decided to suspend him. Suspension is not a disciplinary sanction and it is emphasised that suspension should not be taken as a presumption of guilt. This has been approved by the IPCC in accordance with police regulations. Commander Dizaei was formally notified by the MPA at 4 pm on Friday 30 September 2011. It is the Authority’s responsibility to take the decision to suspend ACPO officers. The MPA has a statutory duty to investigate all allegations of misconduct and takes this responsibility very seriously. The Authority´s Professional Standards Cases Sub-committee considers all cases in full accordance with the applicable legislation. Notes to Editors 1.     During suspension officers are not empowered to carry out the duties of a police officer and are required to surrender their warrant cards. 2.     Whilst suspended from duty officers will receive pay at the rate which applied at the time of suspension.

MPA welcomes IPCC report ‘Abuse of Metropolitan Police issued AMEX cards’

49/1128 September 2011 The MPA is committed to ensuring that officers and staff use resources appropriately and welcomes the IPCC’s report ‘Abuse of Metropolitan Police issued AMEX cards’. The MPA worked with considerable effort and resources to pursue the misuse of Amex cards in the MPS and those officers who fraudulently used their Amex cards for personal gain have been identified, held to account through the courts or misconduct proceedings, resulting in dismissals and criminal convictions. The case that started the investigations into Amex cards was initiated from within the MPA’s internal audit directorate who received a ‘whistleblowing’ call. Amex claims from over 3,000 officers were initially sorted, sifted, and reviewed within internal audit so that only those cases appropriate for investigation were forwarded to the MPS Directorate of Professional Standards. Any civil recovery issues of over claimed monies were also dealt with by the Authority. The cases involving the investigation of ACPO rank officers were decided with by the Authority’s Professional Standards Cases Sub-Committee. The investigation also led to weaknesses in the corporate credit card system being identified. 34 recommendations were made by the DPS in full consultation with the MPA internal audit and MPS Exchequer Services to be incorporated into a new corporate credit card system, along with robust processes for handling expenditure claims.

MPA consultation: recording ´Stop and Account´ to be kept in London

48/1126 Setember 2011 Kit Malthouse, Chair of the MPA, confirmed that the Met police will continue to record ‘stop and account’ following extensive community consultation by the MPA and Met: “The MPA has always recognised the sensitivities around police ‘stops’ in London, so when  on 7 March 2011 the Home Office changed the requirements for how police record this process the MPA wanted to gather the views of Londoners about this, especially those of young people. “Earlier this year the MPA led extensive community consultation, together with the Met, on whether ´stop and account´ should continue to be recorded by Met officers. Those we spoke to, many of whom were young people, robustly supported recording ‘stop and account’ to make sure the process was both transparent and accountable. It also serves as a good check and balance for officers who make stops on a daily basis as they go about their duties. “Good community engagement has always been a priority for the MPA and this is a great example of community consultation making a real difference to how London is policed, and the Met will continue to record  ‘stop and account’.“ Notes to Editors 1. Details of the MPA/MPS consultation process can be found at: www.mpa.gov.uk/news/press/2011/5/021 and www.mpa.gov.uk/news/press/2011/5/019  2. Details of the Home Office proposals concerning ‘stop and account’ can be found at: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/police/powers/stop-and-search 

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