Review met to say ‘systemic failures’ led ‘odious’ officers to keep their jobs


a thorough review of the Metropolitan Police’s culture and norms has revealed systemic failures that have allowed too many “obnoxious” officers to remain on the frontline, reports say.

Baroness Louise Casey’s inquest was ordered following the abduction, rape and murder of Sarah Everard at the hands of on-duty police officer Wayne Couzens in March 2021.

Its review lasted over six months and investigated the force’s vetting, recruitment and training procedures.

In her report, published next week, Baroness Casey will say the Met must take a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to misogyny and racism and ensure officers at fault are fired more easily.

“The line on what should be considered a 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 shaken by the failure to identify and reject misogynists, abusers and racists.

“A big part of what got them in hot water is the fact that they can’t fix their misconduct system. It’s not enough,” another source told the newspaper.

They added: “While this is the behavior of individual officers, it is also an area where there are systemic issues. It’s about the Met setting very clear standards of what’s acceptable and what’s not, and making sure everyone understands that.

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

“Thus, any act that undermines that trust must be looked at and fundamentally changed.”

Armed officer Couzens, 48, used his handcuffs and police-issued warrant card to stage a fake arrest of marketing manager Ms Everard, 33, in Clapham, south London. He received a life sentence for murder.

The Met is also investigating a large number of sexual and domestic abuse allegations against officers.

Earlier this month, a former Met Police officer was arrested after being part of a WhatsApp group which shared racist and misogynistic messages.

The officer was arrested under the Communications Act and misconduct in public office after a whistleblower told the BBC about content shared in the WhatsApp group.

Since taking over as Met Chief Constable, Sir Mark Rowley has pledged to stamp out racism and misogyny, warning he would be “ruthless” in acting.

The Met Police have been approached for comment.


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