Conflict Management Dogs

Reference code: 
PCD 530
Date signed: 
20 February 2019
Authorisation name: 
Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Policing and Crime

Executive summary

Following the successful completion of the Conflict Management Dogs (CMD) pilot in 2018, this requests approval to progress to delivery of the CMD project. The MPS has an obligation to ensure that all steps are taken to minimise the need for officers to resort to potentially lethal force.  This obligation is particularly relevant in the context of armed policing. 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. 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. 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. 
 

Recommendation

The Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime is recommended to: 
•    Approve the MPS Conflict Management Dogs capability to increase;
•    Note that the MPS will now proceed to delivery and go live (Stage Gate 4).
•    Approve capital spend of £1.117m in 2019/20, and revenue spend of £0.053m for the delivery of the project, to be funded from project revenue budgets.

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

7.1.    Report


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