Sir Mark Rowley said it is ‘perverse’ he cannot get rid of the problem (Picture: Getty)
The Metropolitan Police’s top boss has said it is ‘completely mad’ the force has around 100 officers not trusted to speak to the public.
Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said the officers are working under ‘very restrictive’ conditions because ‘frankly we don’t trust them to talk to members of the public’.
The chief of the UK’s biggest police force has been pushing for new powers to allow force bosses to reopen misconduct cases against officers and staff.
He previously estimated hundreds of officers have been getting away with misconduct or criminal behaviour – but has no way of sacking them.
A report on the Met’s disciplinary systems last month found less than 1% of officers with multiple misconduct cases against them have been dismissed.
It also found that the bar for what constitutes gross misconduct – a sackable offence – is too high.
Sir Mark Rowley has been pushing for new powers to allow force bosses to reopen misconduct cases against officers and staff (Picture: PA)
Sir Mark said around 100 officers aren’t trusted to speak to the public (Picture: Getty Images)
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On Thursday, Sir Mark told BBC Radio Four’s Today programme it is ‘perverse’ he cannot get rid of problematic officers.
He said while the Met has ‘tens of thousands of great officers who are doing amazing things day in and day out for London’, there are ‘hundreds of people who are letting us down and I’m trying to sort it out’.
He told the programme: ‘We’re getting more assertive and creative in our use of existing powers but I have been encouraged by the Home Secretary and the Home Office’s enthusiasm to look again at regulations to give us powers to move more quickly against officers who we shouldn’t have.
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‘I have got about 100 officers in the organisation who have very restrictive conditions on them because frankly we don’t trust them to talk to members of the public
‘It’s completely mad that I have to employ people like that as police officers who you can’t trust to have contact with the public. It’s ridiculous.’
Asked if the force has been able to get rid of any of them, he said: ‘We’re looking at whether we’ve got any new legal levers but on the conventional approaches we can’t.
‘It’s perverse, isn’t it?’
Earlier this month, Sir Mark said ‘a big proportion’ of officers in his force are ‘not properly deployable’ …read more