The Met Commissioner has warned that Cotland Yard is having to employ around 100 officers who cannot be trusted to deal with the public in “completely paranoid” conditions, because of a lack of powers to remove them Is.
Sir Mark Rowley said it was ridiculous and perverse that his force was having to pay officers when they were unable to allow them to come into contact with the people they were supposed to serve.
He said each officer was on severely restricted duties to keep them away from the public and the Met was investigating whether “new levers” could be used to remove them.
But he said “under the traditional approach we can’t” as he renewed his call for the Home Office to give police chiefs stronger powers to remove rogue or inept officers from their ranks.
Sir Mark’s comments follow a series of scandals, including the abduction, rape and murder of Sarah Everard by Met Officer Wayne Couzens, for the racist and anti-female conduct of some officers at Charing Cross police station. These cases and others have shone a spotlight on criminal activity and misconduct within the Met and a vigorous effort to clean up the force by Sir Mark, who took over as commissioner from ousted predecessor Dame Cressida Dick in September.
He used an interview with the BBC’s Radio 4 Today program on Thursday to warn, however, that his efforts were being thwarted by insufficient powers.
“I have about 100 officers in the organization who have very restrictive terms because frankly we don’t trust them to talk to members of the public,” he said. “It is completely insane that I have to hire people as police officers who you cannot trust to liaise with the public.
“It’s ridiculous. We’re looking to see if we have any new legal levers, but under the traditional approach we can’t. It’s perverse.” was being constructive” and was “encouraged to see the enthusiasm of the Home Secretary and Home Office again to give us the power to move more quickly against the authorities”. Sir Mark previously warned that in addition to the nearly 500 officers under investigation for misconduct, the force has another 3,000 who cannot deploy it fully because they are either injured, suffering from mental health problems or not enough Not performing properly.
He said this meant that around 10 per cent of the force’s police were unavailable for full duties and this was another problem that needed to be addressed because of its impact on its ability to serve the public.
A fatality report published earlier this month into police vetting and misconduct by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services raised further concerns about standards within the Met, which is among the nine forces used to compile the findings. was one of
The watchdog, which had already placed the Mate in special measures due to poor performance, found that hundreds of officers who should have failed vetting checks had been allowed to join the army.
It added that one of them is convicted of domestic abuse and the other of sexual harassment, while others are linked to organized crime or have serious charges against them, they are being allowed to work without adequate supervision and safeguards.
The watchdog also highlighted widespread misogyny within the forces and highlighted an example of officers conducting “booty patrols”, in which attractive women were inappropriately stopped for checks.
Sir Mark’s comments came as Mausam announced its success in busting a huge online fraud factory in which criminals posed as legitimate banks such as
Barclays, HSBC and others for stealing millions of pounds from over 200,000 potential victims in the UK.
More than 70,000 phone numbers identified by investigators will be contacted today or tomorrow and owners are asked to visit the Met’s website for more information and to report fraudulent losses.