Sarah Everard: Baroness Louise Casey to lead independent review of Metropolitan Police
By SEAMLESS DAILY
08 October 2021
Baroness Louise Casey of Blackstock will lead an independent review into the Metropolitan Police's culture and standards in the wake of Sarah Everard's murder, the force has announced.
The review will examine issues including vetting, recruitment, leadership, and training in Britain's biggest force, which has left ministers concerned as it lurches from regular crisis to crisis.
Met Commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick, said : "The appointment of Baroness Casey to lead the independent review in to our culture and standards is an important step in our journey to rebuild public trust.
The Metropolitan Police announced a series of other measures in response to the killing and wider concerns about violence against women and girls The force said it was creating a dedicated team for sexual misconduct and domestic abuse allegations against officers and staff, and increasing the overall number of investigators focused on abuse of trust.
Officers from the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards will review each of these cases, including the individual's vetting and conduct history.
A further examination will also consider similar cases from the last 10 years where those accused remain in the force.
Everard, 33, was seized by Couzens as she walked home in south London in March 2021.
Last week, Couzens was sentenced to life in prison.
Couzens used his police issue handcuffs and warrant card to stage a fake arrest on the marketing executive, 33, before taking her away in his car.
The review by Casey is expected to take six months and the Met said it would be made public.
Casey said : "Trust is given to the police by our, the public's, consent.
So any acts that undermine that trust must be examined and fundamentally changed.
"This will no doubt be a difficult task but we owe it to the victims and families this has affected and the countless decent police officers this has brought into disrepute."
He had been accused of indecent exposure in Kent in 2015 and in London in the days before Ms Everard's murder, but was allowed to continue working.
The review is separate to a public inquiry announced by Priti Patel on Tuesday, which will look at how Wayne Couzens was allowed to remain in the police and "wider issues" raised by the case.
the independent office for police conduct is also investigating 'offensive and abusive' sexist messages shared by a group that involved couzens.
iopc director general michael lockwood said in two years the watchdog has seen 394 referrals where abuse of power for sexual gain.
The Met also announced a "root and branch" review of the parliament and diplomatic protection command, focusing on recruitment, vetting, culture, professional standards and supervision.
The government is still to announce the terms of reference for its inquiry and who will lead it.
The Met is trying to demonstrate it can reform to try to regain public confidence.
She added : "We recognise the grave levels of public concern following the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard and other deeply troubling incidents and allegations.
i have said that we know a precious bond has been broken.
Britain's largest force said it had launched an "urgent" review of current cases, looking at past conduct, supporting victims and ensuring investigations are “ absolutely thorough ”.
A police culture that allows racist, misogynistic or homophobic behaviour to exist is not one we can trust."
He added : "It's now or never for policing to change.
'She 'll make a public report, and public recommendations, so that we can improve and make sure that the public have more confidence in us. '
The 2014 inquiry, described at the time of publication as 'devastating' for the Met, concluded that institutional racism had impacted on the force's investigation into Mr Lawrence's murder.
The Met, which is now dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct among officers, has since faced claims that there is systematic misogyny within the force.
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