Roads Policing and Criminal Justice Practitioner Toolkit Version 1.0 Summary

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1 Freedom of Information Act Publication Scheme Protective Marking Not Protectively Marked Publication Scheme Y/N Yes Title Roads Policing and Criminal Justice Practitioner Toolkit Version 1.0 Summary The MPS is committed to making the roads safer for all road users and to reduce the opportunities for criminal and anti social behaviour on the roads. This policy sets out the actions to be taken and procedures to be followed by police officers and police staff when reporting and investigating road traffic collisions and traffic offences occurring within the Metropolitan Police District (MPD). (B)OCU or Unit, Directorate SC&O15 Author Review Date January 2018 Date Issued January 2014

2 Form 6119A Text highlighted in blue must not be changed EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT The Equality Impact Assessment Standard Operating Procedure/Guidance must be used when completing this form: Protective Marking: Not Protectively Marked Publication Yes Title: Branch / OCU: Roads Policing and Criminal Justice Practitioner Toolkit SC&O15 Date Created January 2014 Review Date: January 2018 Version: 1 Author: Graham Webb 1. Aims and Purpose of Proposal see step 1 of the guidance The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is committed to making the roads safer for all road users and to reduce the opportunities for criminal and anti social behaviour on the roads. This Toolkit sets out the actions to be taken and procedures to be followed by police officers and police staff when reporting and investigating road traffic collisions and traffic offences occurring within the Metropolitan Police District (MPD). 2. Examination of Available Information see step 2 of the guidance The MPS is committed to reducing road death and injury and criminal and anti social behaviour on London s roads. This, amongst other means, will be achieved through greater compliance with road traffic law through enforcement and educational processes. Police Local Neighbourhood Teams through a process of community engagement and consultation have identified local concerns around anti-social and bad driving behaviour. Correspondence received from the public on road traffic related issues, highlights the need for police to tackle poor driving behaviour at both strategic and local levels. It is clear the public has concerns about the level of illegal activity and anti social behaviour displayed on the roads. There is an expectation that police will uphold road traffic law and report road collisions and other traffic incidents in a professional and consistent manner. The Roads Policing and Criminal Justice Toolkit provide guidance for officers and staff on the powers and procedures to be used when reporting collisions and road traffic offences. It ensures that officers and staff follow formal procedures and that their actions are carried out in a fair and consistent manner. Page 1 of 4

3 The Toolkit particularly applies to officers and staff when dealing with members of the public who are victims of road traffic collisions or other traffic incidents and drivers stopped by police through non-compliance with road traffic law. This Toolkit is designed to ensure that the decision to issue a fixed penalty notice, report a driver or instigate a prosecution for a traffic offence is based upon the standard of driving displayed or on the condition of the vehicle concerned. 3. Screening Process for relevance to Diversity and Equality issues see step 3 of guidance Does this proposal have any relevance to: a) Age Yes No b) Disability Yes No c) Gender Yes No d) Gender Reassignment Yes No e) Marriage and Civil Partnership (employment only) Yes No f) Pregnancy and Maternity Yes No g) Race Yes No h) Religion or Belief Yes No i) Sexual Orientation Yes No j) Other Issues Yes No 4. From the answers supplied, you must decide if the proposal impacts upon diversity or equality issues. If yes, a full impact assessment is required. Full Impact Assessment Required? Yes No 5. Consultation / Involvement see step 5 of the guidance Who was consulted? Traffic Operational Command Unit Traffic Criminal Justice Unit Vehicle Recovery and Examination Unit MPS Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency Liaison Unit Health & Safety Advisor Met Training Safer Transport Command Police National Computer Bureau Date and method of consultation Consultation with staff took place between January - July 2013 via telephone and . Where are the consultation records stored? TF158/05/10 Page 2 of 4

4 Give a brief summary of the results of the consultation / involvement? How have these affected the proposal? During the consultation process, some improvements and amendments have been suggested by officers and staff. Following consideration, amendments have been made to the Toolkit based on this input. 6. Full Impact Assessment see step 6 of the guidance Explain the potential impact (whether intended or unintended, positive or negative) of the proposal on individuals or groups on account of: Age The Toolkit, because of legislation, treats younger people differently in certain circumstances. For example how offences are dealt with or the need to inform an appropriate adult. The MPS will protect the interests of young people by ensuring that all relevant legislation and guidance, such as Every Child Matters, is complied with. Disability The MPS recognises that seizing a vehicle under Section 59 Police Reform Act, where the driver or a passenger in the vehicle has a disability will have a much greater impact than on a non-disabled person. The Toolkit instructs officers that before seizing a vehicle, consideration must be given to the human rights implications and duty of care that may arise to persons left without alternative transport facilities, in particular the needs of vulnerable or disabled people must be considered. Gender Gender Reassignment Marriage and Civil Partnership (employment only) Pregnancy and Maternity Race Religion and Belief Sexual Orientation Other Issues Page 3 of 4

5 7. Monitoring see step 7 of the guidance a) How will the implementation of the proposal be monitored and by whom? The Toolkit will be subject to monitoring by the Roads Policing Policy Unit and the Traffic Criminal Justice Unit (TCJU). The Traffic Operational Command Unit (OCU) will monitor compliance with national and Mayoral road safety strategies. The TCJU and Policy unit regularly examine issues coming to notice and where appropriate, will amend/update the policy, to improve guidance to officers and staff. The Performance Information Bureau will continue to monitor performance in respect of how the Service treats road traffic collision victims. The TCJU will measure the amount of enforcement action taken by officers through monitoring the number of fixed penalty notices and summonses issued to road traffic offenders. The TCJU will measure the number of drivers the MPS refer to the National Driver Improvement Scheme. The Vehicle Removal and Examination Service (VRES), monitors complaints received in respect of seized vehicles and this would include vehicles removed where a vulnerable/disabled person has been left without alternative transport arrangements. The TCJU monitor Collision/Process Reports and Fixed Penalty Notices to ensure younger persons are dealt with in accordance with the appropriate legislation and guidance. b) How will the results of monitoring be used to develop this proposal and its practices? Where the monitoring processes highlight issues, the Toolkit will be examined and where necessary amended. This may include the identification of additional training needs. c) What is the timetable for monitoring, with dates? Annual monitoring will be completed. 8. Public Availability of reports / result see step 8 of guidance What are the arrangements of publishing, where and by whom? The Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) will be published on the MPS Internet and Intranet by the Corporate Development Policy Co-ordination Unit MP 63/11 Page 4 of 4

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