Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)
1. Introduction and background
1.1. Conflict management dogs are trained to provide additional tactical options for Specialist Firearms Officers, particularly when dealing with violent subjects in armed operations, including counter-terrorism operations.
1.2. CMDs are already in use in the MPS. This proposal is to expand the capacity that the MPS already has in order to maximise the availability of this tactic as a less-lethal option.
2. Issues for consideration
2.1. The deployment and use of a CMD is a less lethal option which is likely to reduce the need to resort to other force, including the use of firearms by police officers. The use of CMDs may significantly reduce the risk to police officers and the public.
3. Financial Comments
3.1. This proposal costs £1.117m in capital spend, and £0.053m in revenue costs for the delivery of the project.
3.2. The ongoing revenue budget requirement will be £0.138m in 2019/20 and £0.238m in 2020/21 onwards. This will be managed from within existing budgets.
4. Legal Comments
4.1. As per Clause 4.8 of the Scheme of Delegation and Consent, approval is delegated to the DMPC to approve business cases for revenue and capital expenditure of £500,000 and above.
5. GDPR and Data Privacy
5.1. The project does not use personally identifiable data of members of the public, so there are no GDPR issues to be considered.
6. Equality Comments
6.1. There are no negative equality or diversity implications arising from this project
7. Background/supporting papers