Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I would like to enquire about the legitimacy of the uniforms used by the officers involved in the Enfield Crime Squad operation (Op Sumaq) which resulted in the arrest of Jonathan Billinghurst.

Video has been released of the officers involved in this arrest which shows them wearing what appear to be custom made "Crime Squad" jackets with one showing the additional logo of "Police Detective" but no visible MPS insignia or indentification number (shoulder number) for that officer.

My question is whether these jackets were issued clothing by the MPS and whether that clothing meets current guidelines on uniform and officer identification, or whether these jackets were made up by the team for their own use and whether, if that was the case, their use is sanctioned by the MPS.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Collins

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Collins

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2011110000945
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 07/11/2011.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

"I would like to enquire about the legitimacy of the uniforms used by the
officers involved in the Enfield Crime Squad operation (Op Sumaq) which
resulted in the arrest of Jonathan Billinghurst.
     
Video has been released of the officers involved in this arrest which
shows them wearing what appear to be custom made "Crime Squad" jackets
with one showing the additional logo of "Police Detective" but no visible
MPS insignia or indentification number (shoulder number) for that officer.
     
My question is whether these jackets were issued clothing by the MPS and
whether that clothing meets current guidelines on uniform and officer
identification, or whether these jackets were made up by the team for
their own use and whether, if that was the case, their use is sanctioned
by the MPS."

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Dear Mr Collins

Freedom of Information Request Reference No:  2011110000945

I write in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 07/11/2011.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

·        
I would like to enquire about the legitimacy of the uniforms used by the
officers involved in the Enfield Crime Squad operation (Op Sumaq) which
resulted in the arrest of Jonathan Billinghurst.        
Video has been released of the officers involved in this arrest which
shows them wearing what appear to be custom made "Crime     Squad" jackets
with one showing the additional logo of "Police Detective" but no visible
MPS insignia or indentification number     (shoulder number) for that
officer.        

My question is:-

1) whether these jackets were issued clothing by the MPS and
2) whether that clothing meets current guidelines on uniform and officer
identification, or
3) whether these jackets were made up by the team for their own use and
4) whether, if that was the case, their use is sanctioned by the MPS.

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at The Directorate of Professional Standards

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The searches located records relevant to your request.

DECISION

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you in full.

Please find attached information pursuant to your request above.

1)   With regards to Operation Sumaq and the investigation into the arrest
of Jonathan Billinghurst by the Enfield Crime Squad I can confirm that
some of the clothing worn at the time was not MPS issue.

2)    The current guidance and instruction relating to the display or
visibility of badge numbers is contained within the MPS Standing Operating
Procedure on Dress Code.   Please note that the Standard Operating
Procedure on Dress Code supports the MPS Dress Code Policy and can be
found on the MPS Publication Scheme.  For your convenience please find
below the relevant internet link.

htttp://www.met.police.uk/foi/pdfs/policies/dress_code_policy.pdf

3)    Some items of clothing worn by officers during this incident were
items they owned personally.

4)    The matter was fully investigated and was discussed during the
misconduct hearing.

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or contact Margaret Bunker on telephone number 02071616511 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Margaret Bunker
Information Manager
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attached information should be addressed to MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 1st Floor (Victoria Block), New Scotland Yard, Victoria, London,
SW1H 0BG.
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the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

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the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

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London
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a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
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Simon ROSE left an annotation ()

Dear Mr Collins,

I am sorry that the MPS do not seem able to answer your question correctly.

The jackets seen worn by the officers on the Crime Squad at Enfield were sanctioned by the Senior Management Team at Enfield at that time. They are also used by other Crime Squads in and around London.

They were purchased from partnership funds in order to identify the officers during such pro active operations.

At that time, and I believe it is still the case, MPS plain clothes officers had no identifing clothing, other than coloured checked caps, that they can wear to identify themselves in pro active searches or hard stops.

There was a risk that a suspect may fail to identify the police officers and become violent. It also identified the officers to members of the public who may question why a group of plain clothes men/women were stopping a car of entering an address using force.

Similar jackets are regularly worn by plain clothes detectives around the world. You will see them in use by the FBI, DEA and most police forces in the US.

This was never the subject of complaint.

The MPS and press,(briefed by the MPS) failed to mention the intelligence and information regarding the man subject to the stop, and the danger presented by him to the officers. They also failed to mention that he had a knife on him when stopped and was subsequently convicted of criminal offences as a result of this stop and arrest.

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