More than 1,000 Met officers suspended or off the streets in huge force clean up

epa10536756 Metropolitan police officers in Westminster in London, Britain, 22 March 2023. Baroness Casey published her report on 21 March on the standards of behavior and internal culture of the Metropolitan Police Service which was commissioned in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving officer. The report has found the Metropolitan Police to be 'institutionally sexist, racist, homophobic and has failed untold numbers of women and children'. EPA/ANDY RAIN

The force believes around 60 officers could face the sack every month (Picture: EPA)

More than 1,000 Metropolitan Police officers are currently suspended or on restricted duties as the force tries to get rid of corrupt and incompetent staff.

But the force has warned it could take years to get rid of officers who have breached standards or failed vetting checks.

The Met is under increased pressure to sack incompetent or even dangerous officers following the Wayne Couzens and David Carrick scandals – both of whom were placed in the same unit.

It’s since been revealed that a third of staff in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command squad, where Carrick and Couzens worked, have been cleared out in an effort to ensure the unit has an ‘absolute reset’.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy said about 60 officers could face the sack every month over at least the next two years, with about 30 facing misconduct proceedings and 30 facing gross incompetence hearings.

Of the Met’s total workforce of around 34,000 officers, 201 have been suspended and about 860 are on restricted duties.

He said: ‘This is going to take one, two or more years to root out those who are corrupt.

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‘If you add those two figures together, that’s over 1,000 police officers and that’s nearly the size of a small police force in other places in the country. It is a significant number.’

Wayne Couzens will spend the rest of his life in prison for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard (Picture: SWNS)

David Carrick committed dozens of sexual offences including rape while a serving police officer (Picture: PA)

Following Carrick’s life sentence for dozens of sexual offences, 1,600 cases were reviewed where officers had faced allegations of domestic or sexual violence over the past 10 years but no action was taken.

Of those reviewed, there are about 450 live investigations ongoing.

The Met has also given figures about disciplinary processes, including:

100 officers have been sacked for gross misconduct in the past year, up by 66% on the normal rate.

201 officers are currently suspended, up from 69 in September last year.

275 are awaiting a gross misconduct hearing, a significant proportion of which involved alleged violence against women and girls, compared with 136 last year.

The number of reports from the public and officers of alleged misconduct has doubled.

The force has also checked all officers against records on the police national computer, uncovering 11 cases which were subject to further assessment and five are now gross misconduct investigations.

14 are under further investigation for potential gross misconduct, with more due to be added.

The most serious of all the cases reviewed involved rape allegations.

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Source:: Metro


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