Damien Hinds Said “We’re Indebted For This” [the police] To get to the bottom of these matters.”
Security Minister Damien Hinds claimed that “no one feels more shocked” or dismayed by the recent allegations against police than the police force.
Speaking to LBC’s Nick Ferrari on Monday, Hinds was addressing the news that nearly 2,000 police officers have been accused of sexual misconduct, including rape, over the past four years — only 8% of the charges led to dismissals.
This revelation follows the conviction of the murderer of Sarah Everard, a serving police officer who kidnapped her through false arrest.
LBC’s Nick Ferrari told Hinds it was a “shocking figure”.
Hinds replied: “Yes, of course it is a shocking statistic, and it is important that there is a process to go into those cases and that should be properly looked into and charged.”
Ferrari reported: “Sadly a week [does not] It seems to be known without some set of headlines of a disturbing nature about our police force.
“Do we need a royal commission in our policing?”
Hinds replied: “It is so important to stop and pay tribute to the brave men and women of police who put themselves in danger day after day for the rest of us.
“From what we have heard – especially the horrific murder of Sarah Everard – no one feels more disheartened than the police officers.
“We owe it to them to get to the bottom of these matters.
So the Home Secretary is investigating.
However Ferrari said it was a “useless” investigation if it is not “statutory”, meaning regulated by law.
Ferrari then said the Met had previously “not cooperated” in the investigation into past misconduct allegations, and therefore needed to be “statutory” to be effective.
Hinds replied and simply agreed that “it is important to ensure that all lessons are learned” from the Everard case.
He also made similar claims about how the police were coping after Everard’s death, speaking to Times Radio.
He said: “Everyone was shaken by this terrible case.
“It is really important to take a moment once again to pay tribute to all the men and women in our police service who feel more disheartened than anyone in this horrific sequence of events.
“They put themselves in danger day after day protecting the rest of us and they deserve our support.
“It’s really more important to them than anyone else that this investigation gets to the bottom of things.”
Safe to say, his talk did not go down well with many listeners.