Metropolitan Police Service – National child protection inspection
Protecting children is one of the most important tasks the police undertake. Only the police can investigate suspected crimes, arrest perpetrators and monitor sex offenders. Police officers have the power to take a child who is in danger into a place of safety, or to seek an order to restrict an offender’s contact with children. The police service also has a significant role working with other agencies to ensure the child’s protection and well-being, longer term.
This inspection examined child protection in the Metropolitan Police Service in February to May 2016. It is part of a rolling programme of inspections of all police forces in England and Wales.
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Following the publication of this report, HMIC was commissioned by the Home Secretary to publish quarterly updates setting out the progress made by the Metropolitan Police Service.