Baroness Louise Casey of Blackstock will lead an independent review of Metropolitan Police’s culture and standards in the wake of Sarah Everard’s assassination, the force has announced.
The review will look at the current management of the force and its recruitment, investigation and training of officers.
Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said: “The appointment of Baroness Casey to lead the independent review of our culture and standards is an important step in our journey to rebuild public trust.
“Louise is extremely experienced and highly respected, and I know I will ask the difficult questions necessary for this thorough review.”
An “urgent investigation” is also already underway with all current investigations into allegations of sexual and family abuse against officers and staff, Met said.
A further investigation will also consider similar cases from the last 10 years where the accused remain in the force.
Officers from Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards will review each of these cases, including the individual’s examination and behavioral history.
Dame Cressida added that the review would ensure that “the victim has been properly supported and that the investigation is appropriately thorough”.
Everard, 33, was raped and killed by Wayne Couzens, a police officer at the time, who abducted her when she went home in south London on March 3.
Last week was Couzens sentenced to life imprisonment. The Old Bailey heard how he used his police issuers handcuffs and warrant cards to stage a fake arrest of the marketing manager who had broken the rules of corona locks by visiting a friend.
The independent review is expected to take six months with the results and recommendations published so that the force can “improve and ensure that the public has greater confidence in us”, said Dame Cressida, adding: “This will build a stronger Met [and] ensure a lasting improvement of our service to London. “
Baroness Casey, an interdisciplinary peer in the House of Lords and an independent social welfare adviser and former official, said: “Trust is given to the police by our, the public’s consent. So any action that undermines that trust must be investigated and fundamentally changed.
“This will no doubt be a difficult task, but we owe it to the victims and the families it has affected, and the countless decent police officers it has brought into disrepute.”
The review will also focus on the forces’ parliamentary and diplomatic protection command – which killer Wayne Couzens worked for – to see if there are “specific issues” within the unit.
It was later revealed that the 48-year-old was known as the “rapist” by the staff at the Civil Nuclear Constabulary because he made female colleagues feel so uncomfortable.
He had been charged with indecent exposure in Kent in 2015 and in London in the days before Mrs Everard’s killing, but was allowed to continue working.
Earlier this week, Interior Minister Priti Patel announced a separate investigation into the Everard case, to investigate the “systematic errors” that allowed Mrs. Everard’s killer to be hired as a police officer.
Other probes are also carried out by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) and the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC).
According to The Times, Ms Patel has set Dame Cressida three key goals to meet in order to keep her job: Statistics must show that serious violence and knife crime in London are declining; Met must show evidence that they are improving their response to violence against women and girls; and the force must cooperate with an independent investigation into its failures that led to Couzen’s assassination of Everard.
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Meanwhile, police data for England and Wales forces have shown that The Met has the lowest success rate in tackling sexual and violent crime, with only one in 20 offenses resulting in a charge, according to the Daily Telegraph.
IOPC Director General Michael Lockwood said the watchdog in two years’ time has seen 394 referrals in which police officers were abusing power for sexual gain. Of these, 106 were serious enough to warrant an investigation by the police watchdog.