More than 1,000 Met Police officers suspended or placed on restricted duties, with 60 a month at risk of being sacked for wrongdoing as bosses attempt to weed out bad apples following scandals
- Around 1,000 Met Police officers are currently suspended or placed on restricted duties
- Deputy Deputy Commissioner says it will take years to get rid of bad apples
Sixty Met police officers face being sacked for wrongdoing every month as bosses try to weed out bad apples following scandals.
There are already around 1,000 Met Police officers currently suspended or placed on restricted duties, but it will take much longer to clean up the force following a series of worrying scandals.
Assistant Deputy Commissioner Stuart Cundy said it would take years to get rid of officers who broke standards or failed checks.
About 60 police officers could be fired each month for at least the next two years, with around 30 expected to face professional misconduct proceedings and 30 hearings for gross incompetence, he told reporters.
A series of reviews were carried out, including of officers who had previously faced allegations of domestic or sexual violence, as well as scans of the national computer and police database looking for worrying information.
With around 1,000 Met Police officers currently suspended or placed on restricted duties, Assistant Deputy Commissioner Stuart Cundy (pictured) said it would take years to get rid of officers who broke standards or failed the test.
The Met has faced a series of harrowing scandals, including that of armed officer Wayne Couzens (left), who raped and murdered Sarah Everard, and David Carrick (right), who was exposed as a rapist in series.
The Met has faced a series of harrowing scandals, including that of armed officer Wayne Couzens, who raped and murdered Sarah Everard, and David Carrick, who was exposed as a serial rapist.
Mr Cundy told reporters: “It’s going to take one, two years or more to weed out the corrupt people. »
Currently, of the Met’s 34,000 officers, 201 are suspended and around 860 are on restricted duties.
Mr Cundy said: “If you add those two figures together it’s over 1,000 police officers and that’s almost the size of a small police force in other places around the country. That’s a significant number.
Following Carrick’s life sentence for dozens of sex offences, 1,600 cases were reviewed in which police officers had faced allegations of domestic or sexual violence over the past 10 years, but no action was taken. ‘has been taken.
There are currently approximately 450 ongoing investigations into the cases reviewed.
The Met also gave figures on disciplinary processes, including:
- 100 police officers have been fired for serious misconduct in the past year, an increase of 66 percent compared to the normal rate.
- 201 officers are currently suspended, compared to 69 in September last year.
- 275 people are awaiting a serious misconduct hearing, a significant proportion of which related to allegations of violence against women and girls, compared to 136 last year.
- The number of reports from the public and officers of alleged misconduct has doubled.
The force also checked all officers against records stored in the police national computer, discovering 11 cases which were subject to further assessment and five are now being investigated for serious misconduct .
Details of all Met employees, both civilian and police, were also checked against intelligence records in the national police database.
On Monday, Home Secretary Suella Braverman (pictured) announced plans to make it easier for police chiefs to fire rogue officers, in a written ministerial statement to the House of Commons.
Fourteen of them are being further investigated for potential serious misconduct, with more expected to be added.
The most serious of all the cases examined involved allegations of rape.
On Monday, Home Secretary Suella Braverman announced plans to make it easier for police chiefs to fire rogue officers, in a written ministerial statement to the House of Commons.
These include introducing a presumption that those found guilty of serious misconduct will be dismissed and ensuring that officers who fail the check can be dismissed.
A conviction for certain offenses, including sex crimes, will automatically result in serious misconduct, and the responsibility for presiding over misconduct hearings will fall on chief officers rather than independent presiding judges.