The Metropolitan Police is investigating allegations of sexual offenses and domestic abuse against serving officers and employees in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard.
Britain’s largest force said it had launched an “immediate” review of the current cases, given past conduct, supporting victims and ensuring the investigation is “thorough”.
“The detailed investigation will include a thorough investigation into the history of any person against whom the allegations have been made,” a spokesperson said.
In announcing the review, Scotland Yard acknowledged that some of the accused officers have been allowed to remain in service.
It said in a statement that “this will be a sampling of cases of sexual misconduct and domestic abuse allegations from the past ten years, where those accused reside in the Met”, adding: “This review will examine appropriate management measures, including a review of Will, has been taken.”
The Metropolitan Police said the review was part of efforts to restore public confidence following the abduction, rape and murder of Ms. Everard by a serving officer. It acknowledged that “there were other cases which have undermined the confidence”.
Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick previously announced a review of the force’s “standards and culture”.
On Friday, the chair was announced as Baroness Louise Casey, formerly the National Victims Commissioner and Review of Child Protection in Rotherham.
Baroness Casey said: “The police are trusted by our, the public’s consent. So any act that undermines that trust must be investigated and radically changed.
No doubt it will be an uphill task, but we are indebted to the victims and families and countless decent police officers whom it has defamed.”
Dame Cressida described the review as “an important step in our journey to rebuild public trust”.
She continued: “We recognize the serious level of public concern following the abduction, rape and murder of Sarah Everard and other deeply disturbing incidents and allegations. I have said that we know a priceless bond has been broken.
“There are a lot of wonderfully professional executives and staff in season, but I also recognize that the behavior of many is a matter of serious concern.”
The review is separate from a public inquiry announced by Priti Patel on Tuesday, which will look into how Wayne Couzens was allowed to remain in police and the “wider issues” raised by the case.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /