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The Met Police boss has called for hundreds of officers to be sacked after a report found that Black and Asian officers have faced ‘systematic bias’.

The force’s commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, responded to a report that also said 1,263 officers are still serving despite having multiple misconduct complaints against them.

Baroness Louise Casey is the author of the report.

It concluded that there is racial disparity across the system, misconduct cases are taking too long to resolve, and allegations are most likely to be dismissed.

Baroness Casey said the Met’s misconduct system is “not fit for purpose”.




far-reaching review into the Metropolitan Police’s culture and standards has uncovered systemic failings that allowed too many “abhorrent” officers to remain on the frontline, reports claim.

Baroness Louise Casey’s probe was ordered in the wake of Sarah Everard’s kidnap, rape and murder at the hands of serving police officer Wayne Couzens in March 2021.

Her review took more than six months and investigated the force’s vetting, recruitment and training procedures.


In her report, released next week, Baroness Casey will say the Met must take a “zero-tolerance” approach to misogyny and racism and make sure offending officers to be sacked more easily.


"The line on what should qualify for dismissal needs to be redrawn," a source familiar with the review told The Observer.


Baroness Casey will argue that trust in the police has been damaged by the failure to identify and dismiss misogynists, abusers and racists.

“Much of what has got them in hot water has been the fact that they can’t sort out their misconduct system. It isn’t good enough," a separate source told the paper.

They added: “Although it’s about individual officers’ behaviour, it’s also an area where there are systemic problems. It’s about the Met setting out really clear standards of what is acceptable and what isn’t, and making sure everyone understands that.”

Following her appointment last October, Baroness Casey said: “Trust is given to the police by our, the public’s, consent.

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Criminals and sexual predators allowed into police, says report

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The murder of Sarah Everard, who was abducted as she walked home, sparked anger at the Metropolitan Police
By Tom Symonds
Home Affairs correspondent

Hundreds of police officers who should have failed vetting checks may be in the job in England and Wales, a damning report has found.

The police watchdog looked at eight forces and found decisions on officers which were "questionable at best".

One officer convicted of domestic abuse and one accused of sexual assault were among those accepted.

"It's far too easy for the wrong people to get in," said Inspector of Constabulary, Matt Parr.

Of 725 sample cases closely examined in the review, there were concerns about 131 officers cleared to serve in police forces - but the watchdog said the true total could be much higher.

The report also highlights misogyny and sexual misconduct, and was commissioned after the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving officer, which raised questions about police recruitment and vetting.


But the report adds: "Despite these results, we found a culture where misogyny, sexism and predatory behaviour towards female police officers and staff and members of the public still exists."

Vetting is meant to be carried out when candidates apply to join or transfer to a police force and then every 10 years, or every seven for sensitive roles.

Instead, the review found officers passed despite having criminal records, being suspected of serious offences, having substantial debts or having family linked to organised crime....


Longstanding failures

As long ago as 2011 a Northumbria Police officer was jailed for rape, indecent assault, and misconduct in public office. The vetting process did not reveal allegations made against him during his Army career.

Of the 131 vetting cases that the report raised concerns about, it said 68 of the officers should never have been allowed in at all. In the other 63, the report understood why police forces might have taken a risk on them - but said they needed special supervision and monitoring which did not happen.

Efforts to tighten the rules followed, but the HMICFRS investigation reveals ongoing cases where candidates should not have been cleared to serve as police officers, including:

  • a candidate linked to drugs, guns, burglary and violent robbery
  • another convicted of drink-driving, accused of intimidating a witness and of domestic abuse, where two women were both allegedly left with marks to their necks
  • a man who had appealed his rejected application, claiming he had distanced himself from his criminal brother - but was later found to be living with him
  • an officer allowed to transfer to a police force despite several allegations of sexual assault
  • a man who had received a final warning for robbery after knocking an 80-year-old woman to the ground and stealing her handbag
  • a man who exposed himself to the same woman on seven separate occasions and was convicted of indecent exposure when he was a juvenile. Six years later in the mid-1990s, the same man received an adult caution for making threats to commit criminal damage
  • an applicant who had been investigated five years earlier for an alleged sexual assault offence at a nightclub - the victim's account included allegations of non-consensual kissing and touching of her breasts and vaginal area
  • an applicant who was sub-letting a flat to a woman who used it for soliciting sex - he was inadvertently granted clearance on his third application due to an administrative error
  • A police officer was allowed in despite having previously been convicted for attempted theft abroad
  • A police officer who faced allegations over a number of years of improper sexualised touching of a member of the public and junior officers was successfully transferred to another force, based on the grounds the transferee would make the force more diverse.
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