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Met Police is on its 'last chance' ahead of release of damning report

London’s Metropolitan Police is on its ‘last chance’ as official report commissioned after Sarah Everard’s murder is expected to say the force is riddled with racism, sexism and homophobia, insiders have said

  • The review by Lady Louise Casey is set blast the force for its internal culture
  • Sources have said the report, released next week, makes for ‘atrocious’ reading

A damning report in the Metropolitan Police will conclude it is filled with racism, sexism and homophobia when it is released next week.

The report from Lady Louise Casey is set to blast the country’s biggest police force for failing to change its internal culture despite previous reviews telling it to do so.

The review, which was ordered following the rape and murder of Sarah Everard by Met cop Wayne Couzens in 2021, is set to be published on Tuesday although copies have already been sent to senior officers.

Sources say the findings show the Met is in the ‘last-chance saloon’ and that it makes for ‘atrocious’ reading for the scandal-hit force, the Guardian reports.

It comes as it was revealed that a Met officer who kept his job after masturbating on a train was having his case reviewed, after parallels were drawn between it and incidents involving Couzens before he murdered Ms Everard.

Lady Louise Casey (pictured) is set to publish a long-awaited report into the Metropolitan Police next week

She expected to conclude that the country’s biggest police force is filled with racism, sexism and homophobia

The report by Lady Casey is set to say that cases such as Couzens and David Carrick, an officer from the same unit who was found to be one of Britain’s worst rapists, are damning indictment of the Met’s failings and can’t be dismissed as one-offs.

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Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley and Home Secretary Suella Braverman are among those who have been sent draft copies of the report, as is former Commissioner Cressida Dick, who is believed to have been given access.

Dick is set to find herself in the cross hairs in the report, which will say problems ramped up during her tenure as chief from 2017 to 2022, although the report will add that issues were apparent before she took the helm.

She is set to reference a 1999 report by Sir William Macpherson into failings within the force following the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence, and how despite the Met claiming to have acted on this, issues lingered and festered within. 

Lady Casey released an interim report last October, giving a hint of what was to come in the final review.

The 57-year-old revealed that Met officers suspected of serious criminal offences, including sexual assault and domestic violence, had been allowed to keep their jobs.

This included one officer who remained in the force despite being accused of 11 different cases of sexual assault, harassment and domestic abuse.

Rowley, who at that point had only been in the role of commissioner for a month after taking the role in September, said he was appalled by the findings and admitted that there were probably ‘hundreds’ of staff members who should have been sacked but hadn’t. 

Lady Casey added that those officers who did try to stand up and change things from within faced challenges from the Met’s internal disciplinary system and an ‘anything goes’ culture.

Sir Mark Rowley, commissioner of the Met Police, has previously admitted there are probably hundreds of officers who should have been sacked but weren’t

The report was ordered by previous commissioner Dame Cressida Dick after cop Wayne Couzens (pictured) raped and murdered Sarah Everard

Earlier this week it was revealed the force is reviewing 1,100 misconduct files for staff accused of domestic violence or sexual offences to determine whether the correct decisions had been made. 

It comes after it was revealed one officer was caught masturbating on a train and received a conviction for outraging public decency in 2018, but was still given a final written warning instead of being sacked.

READ MORE HERE: Met Police chief says it is too hard to sack police officers and ‘a big proportion’ of them are ‘not properly deployable’ 

Dame Diana Johnson, of the Commons Home Affairs Committee said on Wednesday: ‘He was actually convicted but he wasn’t dismissed from the Metropolitan Police, he’s still serving as I understand it, that officer is still in post, although he’s not in a position where he’s front-facing with the public.’

Deputy mayor of London Sophie Linden said: ‘It is unacceptable and the current leadership of the Metropolitan Police have made it really clear that that’s unacceptable.

‘That decision was made in the previous regime and its current leadership have made it very clear that that is a decision that would not have been taken under the present leadership at the Metropolitan Police.’

Concerns have been raised about indecent exposure as a potential gateway to more serious crimes after the case of Wayne Couzens, who went on to commit murder.

He was accused of three counts of indecent exposure but remained working as a police officer.

Ms Linden told the committee that the Met’s detection rate for offences involving violence against women and girls is ‘plummeting’ – this refers to cases where a suspect has been identified.

She said: ‘The culture within the Metropolitan Police is one which needs to radically change, there is a real issue with the way in which, internally and externally, women and girls are being treated.

‘We can see that in terms of the confidence that women have in the Met, that has fallen, as it has with other communities as well.

‘But also, there’s an issue around detections, around those offences – we put them in violence against women and girls – rape, sexual offences, domestic abuse, those detection rates are really plummeting.

‘There’s two things going on, I think there’s cultural problems and there’s also this issue around the service that’s being delivered particularly to women victims that has meant that trust and confidence has really fallen.’

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