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‘SYSTEMIC FAILURES’ 

Hundreds of Met Police officers should be sacked for criminal behaviour, admits chief

  • Mike Sullivan
  • 0:01, 17 Oct 2022
  • Updated: 0:11, 17 Oct 2022

MET Police chief Sir Mark Rowley last night admitted hundreds of officers in his own force should be “thrown out” for criminal and disgraceful behaviour.

Sir Mark spoke of his “shame” after a landmark report published today revealed how cops were getting away with breaking the law and keeping their jobs.

Met Police chief Sir Mark Rowley admitted hundreds of officers in his own force should be 'thrown out' for criminal and disgraceful behaviour
Met Police chief Sir Mark Rowley admitted hundreds of officers in his own force should be ‘thrown out’ for criminal and disgraceful behaviourCredit: PA
Baroness Casey's report revealed how 1,800 serving cops and staff were allowed to continue despite multiple misconduct raps
Baroness Casey’s report revealed how 1,800 serving cops and staff were allowed to continue despite multiple misconduct rapsCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

The report by Baroness Casey of Blackstock branded the London force’s misconduct system as racist, misogynist and unfit for purpose.

It revealed how 1,800 serving cops and staff were allowed to continue despite multiple misconduct raps.

Some officers kept their jobs despite allegations of sex crimes, domestic abuse, fraud and harassment being proved against them.

Met boss Sir Mark conceded there had been “systemic failures” in the misconduct processes.

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Sir Mark said: “There must be hundreds of officers who are behaving disgracefully, undermining our integrity and need ejecting.”

Baroness Casey was asked by former commissioner Dame Cressida Dick to investigate the Met’s culture and standards in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard by gun cop Wayne Couzens.

Her interim report today will be followed in January by a wider- ranging one.

In it, it emerged that “very significant” racial disparity meant black cops were 81 per cent more likely to face disciplinary allegations than white colleagues.

Police regulations used to dismiss probationers were also found to be 126 per cent more likely to be used against black recruits than whites.

And the report revealed claims of sexual misconduct and prejudice by officers were less likely to result in “a case to answer” than other types of misbehaviour.

Baroness Casey said it demonstrated “clear evidence” of misogyny as well as racism.

Her report highlighted how repeat offenders kept their jobs, including sex pests and domestic abusers.

One current serving cop has faced 11 misconduct cases involving abuse, sex harassment, assault, fraud and showing an explicit image of himself.

His case was one of 24 where the same officer was investigated on two or more occasions for sex and domestic abuse allegations.

But their earlier history of complaints was not taken into account when dealing with latter allegations.

Baroness Casey said the Met’s misconduct system “is not fit for purpose,” adding there has been a “systemic failure and injustice”.

She called for “radical change” and went on: “There are some officers who are getting away with criminal and other behaviour.”

She also said there were moments when she had wondered “what would constitute gross misconduct”.

Her report showed that “consistently, 55 to 60 per cent of misconduct allegations made by Met officers, staff and their families get a ‘no case to answer’ decision”.

Data revealed that since 2013, a fifth of all cops and staff disciplined had faced previous complaints.

Of the 1,809 repeat alleged offenders, more than 500 were involved in up to five misconduct cases and 41 had six or more raps.

The report revealed that less than one per cent of those officers were dismissed.

Baroness Casey said it was a moment for the Met to tackle the problems identified in her report.

She sent a personal letter to Sir Mark on Friday, saying: “The misconduct system is not delivering in a way that you, I, your officers or the public would expect it to.”

Sir Mark, who became commissioner last month, replied to her apologising for the force’s failings.

The Home Office announced a review of the systems to sack police officers.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman said: “Culture and standards in the police must improve.”

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