Disgraceful Met Police: Firearms officer finds out by the media that he has been suspended. 

A Firearms officer involved in the Wood Green Shooting found out that he would be suspended by Met Police & Independent Police Complaints Commission press release and tweets.

The Met Police confirmed that today a Police officer had been suspended.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has been in dialogue with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) regarding the change in status of their investigation into the death of Mr. Jermaine Baker, on Friday, 11 December.

The MPS can now confirm that a firearms officer has today, Wednesday 16 December, been suspended.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Terry, from Specialist Crime and Operations, who is the senior officer leading post incident, said:

“It is vital that the independent investigation by the IPCC is carried out as quickly as possible to establish the facts of what took place that Friday morning.

“Speculation and rumour will only serve to undermine that investigation and community confidence in the MPS.

“All of the officers involved in Friday’s operation continue to receive our fullest possible support and we will continue to assist the IPCC in anyway possible.

“Tomorrow night the Borough Commander of Haringey, Victor Olisa, will attend the meeting called by the local community to listen to and address any concerns they may have.”

The officer was suspended at the earliest practical opportunity following our agreement to the IPCC’s suggestion that a firearms officer be suspended.

Just 48 hours before hand the Met Police had confirmed they would suspend the firearms officer in question. 

Met Police Press Office spokesperson said “We have agreed to their suggestion that a firearms officer be suspended.”

Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Peter Terry, from Specialist Crime and Operations, who is the senior officer leading post incident, said:
“The exact circumstances that led to Mr. Baker’s death must be thoroughly and independently examined. That is the role of the IPCC. It is only through establishing the full facts, as quickly as possible, as to what took place that day that the best interests of justice and of all those affected can be served.

“As this is an ongoing investigation we must all await the IPCC’s findings before drawing any conclusions or speculating on what has taken place.

“All of our firearms officers, who are all volunteers, do a job that is difficult and often dangerous. They all fully understand, quite rightly, that they will need to account for their actions if they use lethal force.

“The IPCC will receive our fullest possible support with their investigation.

“All of our officers involved in Friday’s operation are receiving all the possible support we can provide. This is a very difficult time for everyone affected by the death of Mr. Baker.

“Locally within Haringey and at a London-wide level the MPS are engaging with communities, to explain the different roles and area of responsibilities of the Met and the IPCC. This includes listening to and addressing any concerns raised.”