All allegations of sexual and family abuse against police officers in the last ten years will be reviewed in the light of Sarah Everard’s murder.
Dame Cressida Dick, commissioner for the force, announced on Friday that all current cases of sexual assault or allegations of family abuse against London police are being investigated.
Dame Cressida, 60, also revealed similar allegations that have been made against both officers and workers of the force over the last ten years will be reviewed.
Officers from the forces’ directorate for professional standards will analyze each of the cases internally and check the verification history of the personnel involved in the requirements.
The under-fire commissioner, who opposes calls to resign, said: ‘We will review them [the allegations] to ensure that the victim has been properly supported and that the investigation is appropriately thorough.
Dame Cressida Dick, commissioner of the force, announced on Friday that all current cases of sexual assault or allegations of family abuse are being investigated.
Dame Cressida, 60, also revealed similar allegations made against both officers and workers by the force over the past ten years will be reviewed
‘We’ll also be back to look at some of them [historic] investigations just to make sure that the processes that should have taken place have taken place and that we take the right management measures after the case is closed. ‘
The force said in a statement that the investigation, which has been launched in addition to an independent review of Met’s culture by Baroness Casey of Blackstock, was conducted in the wake of Mrs Everard’s assassination.
The Met has faced a wave of criticism over missed opportunities to expose killer Cop Wayne Couzens as a sexual predator before continuing to rape and murder Sarah Everard.
Couzens used his police to handcuff and hand out warrants cards to stage a fake arrest of the marketing manager, 33, before taking her into his car.
In the wake of his life sentence for murder, it was revealed that more than half of Met officers were found guilty of sexual misconduct over a four-year period until 2020 retained their jobs, a total of 43 officers out of 83 or 52 percent.
Meanwhile, Louise Casey, Baroness Blackstock, will be in charge of a separate independent review of the Met in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder.
Dame Cressida said she was ‘delighted’ to announce that Baroness Blackstock will be in charge of an ‘independent and far-reaching review’ lasting an estimated six months.
She said: ‘She will look at our research, our recruitment, our leadership, our training and all kinds of processes to see how they reinforce the best possible standards.
The Met has faced a wave of criticism over missed opportunities to expose killer Wayne Couzens as a sexual predator before continuing to rape and murder Sarah Everard (pictured)
The Under-Fire Commissioner, who opposes calls for his resignation, said historical allegations would be investigated to ensure that ‘the trials that should have taken place have taken place’
‘She will make a public report and public recommendations so we can improve and ensure that the public has more confidence in us.’
Dame Cressida said Baroness Casey – who has led a study of how English yobs were able to break into Wembley during the Euro final – was a strong candidate for the job.
‘I think she has the right character and the right expertise and the right background to make this review,’ she said.
Baroness Casey said: ‘Trust is given to the police by our, the public consent. So any action that undermines that trust needs to be examined 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 policemen it has brought into disrepute.’
The spotlight will also be on the force’s parliamentary and diplomatic protection command – which killer Wayne Couzens worked for – with a ‘root-and-branch review’ looking at whether there are ‘specific issues’ within the unit.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has welcomed the appointment of Baroness Casey to lead the independent review of the Met’s culture and standards.
In a series of tweets, Mr Khan said: ‘Baroness Casey’s review should look at the Met Police’s broader culture, including issues of misogyny, sexism, racism and homophobia as well as a thorough study of recruitment, veterinary, training, management and standards of conduct among officers and staff .
‘I have been clear with the Met Commissioner about the scale of the challenge we are facing and the change that is needed, and I will continue to play my full role in holding the Met police to account on behalf of Londoners. . ‘
The Met review is separate from the independent investigation announced by Interior Minister Priti Patel on Tuesday to investigate the ‘systematic errors’ that enabled Mrs Everard’s killer to be hired as a police officer.
Couzens (pictured) used his police handcuff and warrant card to stage a fake arrest of the marketing manager, 33, before taking her away in his car
It turned out 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.
The Met, which is now engrossed in allegations of sexual misconduct among officers, has since faced allegations that there is systematic misogyny in the force.
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).
Elsewhere, Dame Cressida, who has spearheaded the Met during a series of high-profile force scandals, has taken up a report in The Times newspaper that said Home Secretary Priti Patel has set his three key goals to meet in order to keep his job .
Dick’s contract as Met Police Commissioner has been extended to April 2024 in the midst of a crisis over trust in the institution.
It was reported that the Home Secretary told Dick that there must be a decrease in serious violence and knife crime in London, improvements in the police response to violence against women and girls, and the police must cooperate with an investigation into errors leading to the murder of Sarah Everard, reported The Times citing ‘home office sources’.
Sources reportedly told The Times that Dick’s contract was extended due to a lack of suitable candidates to replace her, adding that there was also concern about major changes at the top, with several other senior security officials having to leave their posts.
Meanwhile, Louise Casey (pictured), Baroness Blackstock, will be in charge of a separate independent review of the Met in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder
Dame Cressida said to the addresses: ‘There were a number of things the Home Secretary has discussed with me and I have discussed with her how we can work most effectively together in the future, but we share the same priorities.’
She said talks had also been in the run-up to her contract being extended with London Mayor Sadiq Khan, adding that the trio are all focused on ‘the same things’, including reducing violence in the capital and protecting violence against women and girls.
Asked again about the reports, Dame Cressida said the conversations she had with Mrs Patel were ‘private’ and she would not comment further on them.
A separate report published in the Evening Standard said Home Office figures showed that 29.9 per cent of Met officers at the end of June were women, the lowest of any force in England and Wales than the City of London Police.
In response, Dame Cressida said she was ‘not happy’ with the numbers and was ‘determined’ to improve them, adding that research, the strength has found, showed that some women in some communities might be reluctant to join. the force due to major incidents of firearms and offenses in public order.
‘It’s something we’ve been working really hard on for many years,’ she said. ‘We have many, many thousands (female police officers) and they thrive … we have women in every single role in every rank.
‘But I’ve decided we’ll be 50/50 and I’m not happy. We have increased the percentages quite considerably lately, but we need to move on and faster. ‘
Along with the handling of the Everard case, the Metropolitan Police are also facing heat over an independent panel’s finding of ‘institutional corruption’ in the 1987 investigation into the unsolved murder of Daniel Morgan.
The private investigator was murdered in a car park in south London and the panel found that the Met was hiding or denying errors in their investigation.