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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Transparency at The Met is Long Overdue

Dee Doocey, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly policing spokesperson and member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, has commented today on the statement from Tim Godwin, Acting Commissioner for the Met at today's MPA Full Authority meeting,  that in future the Met will adopt a similar scheme for recording gifts and hospitality as which currently operates for the Mayor of London and London Assembly members said:
“Currently the Met's online register of gifts and hospitality for senior police officers and staff has more holes than a sieve and is often months, if not years out of date.”
"I therefore welcome the very clear statement by the Acting Commissioner that a new open and transparent system for recording all meetings and hospitality within the Met will be put in place in the very near future and will be available online.  This is long overdue."
Dee is totally correct. All public servants should have to declare gifts if they might give rise to concerns about their integrity.

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