Authorisation to settle a claim for damages against the MPS

Reference code: 
PCD 619
Date signed: 
14 August 2019
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime is asked to approve the settlement of a claim for damages against the MPS up to £150,000.
There is an open and exempt report as some of the information relates to data protection, is commercially sensitive and is legal professional privileged.
 

Recommendation

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime is asked to approve the settlement of a claim for damages against the MPS up to £150,000. The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime has the discretion to authorise the settlement of a civil claim where it would be conducive to the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force.
 

Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)

1.    Introduction and background

1.1.    The claim, brought by a member of the public, are for damages including aggravated and exemplary damages.

2.    Financial Comments

2.1.    The cost of any settlement, if agreed, would be met from the centrally held MPS third party claims provision budget. 

3.    Legal Comments

3.1.    MOPAC has the power to pay any sum required in connection with the settlement for any claim made against the Commissioner under Section 88 of the Police Act 1996. 

3.2.    Pursuant to the MOPAC Scheme of Delegation dated October 2016, MOPAC must authorise settlements above £50,000.00, or those claims that are otherwise high profile or sensitive, according to the criteria set out in section 4.10 of the Scheme.

3.3.    There is an open and exempt report as some of the information relates to data protection, is commercially sensitive and is legal professional privileged

4.    GDPR and Data Privacy 

4.1.    The processing of personal data has been minimised as part of this decision and is held within Part 2 of the report.

5.    Equality Comments

5.1.    To continue policing with the consent of the population it serves, the police will always seek to treat everyone fairly and openly.  Race or equality issues do not appear to have an impact in this matter.

6.    Background/supporting papers

6.1.    Refer to Part 2 of the report.   
 


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