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Port, 47, was sentenced to a whole-life order at the Old Bailey in 2016 after he went on a year-long killing spree, claiming the lives of four men and committing multiple rapes.
The sexual predator, obsessed with drugging and raping young men, killed Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25, by giving them lethal overdoses of the date-rape drug GHB between June 2014 and September 2015.
Now inspectors say the beleaguered force had still not learned from its “calamitous litany of failures” in the case.
The report from His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) found officers at the force were still “inexperienced, untrained and poorly supervised” following a report of death.
It found the initial assessments of Port’s victims were the catalysts for the subsequent failings that left the madman free to continue his killing spree, adding: “We aren’t confident that the Metropolitan Police has addressed this yet.”
Last month Scotland Yard was condemned in a damning year-long report by Baroness Casey as “riven with racism, misogyny and homophobia”.
But inspectors considered said it was “impossible to reach any definitive conclusions” whether homophobia was the cause of police failings in the Port case..
Instead, HMICFRS pointed to training, oversight and supervision, unacceptable record keeping, confusing policy and guidance, and inadequate intelligence and crime analysis, as reasons for the flawed investigations.
It added the force had also been “slow to listen and reluctant to change until it is forced to do so” following recent inspections.
Inspectors have made 20 recommendations for the Met, which include increasing the use of intelligence by officers responding to deaths and improving family liaison in unexpected death cases.
His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr said: “From poor training and supervision to inadequate crime analysis processes, there are several explanations for why the Met got this so badly wrong.
“Issues with the Met’s culture and officers’ behaviour have been widely recognised. However, the Met’s problems with competence and professionalism run even deeper: too often, they don’t get the basics right.
“Our inspection has shown that history could repeat itself. That is why the Met must learn from its mistakes and act now on our recommendations, to keep all Londoners safe.”
Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe said: “We have to get the basics right. That’s around how we train and support our officers to investigate deaths, identify suspicious circumstances and understand how protected characteristics may impact on those investigations.
“Our death investigation policy is sound, now it’s about turning policy into effective practice. To do this we have reviewed and updated our training for frontline officers and have begun a programme of enhanced training for their supervisors.
“We are also moving quickly on family liaison. We know we fell short in this case and the families did not get the service they needed or deserved. It is important we look again at this area to see what more we need to do to support families through such difficult times.”
Easy Kills: The Inside Story Behind The Murders Of Serial Killer Stephen Port by Sebastian Murphy-Bates (Mirror Books, £8.99)
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