There is growing anger from members of the Trident Independent Advisory Group after the Metropolitan Police announced plans to reform its relationship with the group. We spoke to the chairwoman of the IAG.
The Metropolitan Police has defended its decision to reform its independent advisory group that deals with gun crime in London
– Metropolitan Police Service
Community engagementremains at the core of Trident and as such our IAG continues to play afundamental part in how we engage with London's communities. Since the newcommand was launched in February 2012, it has become clear that our IAG neededto be more representative of the communities that we serve.
TheMet added that the new IAG, which it will chair temporarily, will have members from18 London boroughs and "from the St Giles Trust, the Princes Trust andvarious youth, faith and community groups from across the capital".
The Chair of the Trident Independent Advisory Group hasaccused the MET of removing her from the panel because she has been critical ofthem in the past.
Claudia Webbe says the Independent Advisory group wasset up to bring the police and community together and she says therestructuring of the group which advises Scotland yard on gang and gun crime isa 'backward step' for race relations.
The Met says it is changing the IAG for its Trident unitto make it more representative of the community. But Ms Webbe says the forcehas taken more control of the group and that some new members are actually fromgroups with police contracts and could have a conflict of interest.
The Metropolitan Police is creating a unit comprised of foreign officers to help tackle the threat from overseas offenders.
The Met has put in a request for £2.2million of funding from Europe which would allow officers from other countries to join the force.
The new team would work closely with existing police here but would not have the power of arrest.
Romania and Poland have already agreed to sign up to the initiative. They could be followed shortly by Lithuania and Ireland who are holding discussions with the Met.
The unit isunderstood to form part of Operation Nexus, which combines police andimmigration intelligence to tackle foreign criminals in London and has led tothe removal of some of the capital's highest-harm criminals.
More than 300 foreign criminals have been deported since the joint initiative launched by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and the Metropolitan Police Service at the start of September.