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Braverman vows to do whatever it takes to sort out rogue cops ahead of release of damning report


End of the Met? Suella Braverman vows to do whatever it takes – including breaking up the Metropolitan Police into smaller forces – to sort out rogue cops ahead of release of damning report

The Home Secretary has hinted she will make it easier for chief constables to dismiss misogynistic, racist and corrupt police officers.

Suella Braverman vowed to change the police disciplinary process if a major report into the culture at Scotland Yard concludes it is required.

A source said that in the worst case scenario the Met – which has more than 40,000 officers and staff – was at risk of being split into smaller units if it is unable to follow recommendations in the report.

The review, conducted by Baroness Casey and due to be published tomorrow, is understood to have uncovered failings in every department examined and will reveal examples of rampant homophobia, sexism and racism in Britain’s biggest police force.

‘Nothing is off the table when it comes to restoring public confidence in policing,’ the source said.

Suella Braverman listens during a visit to another housing development for migrants in the capital Kigali, Rwanda

Suella Braverman listens during a visit to another housing development for migrants in the capital Kigali, Rwanda

Killer: Wayne Couzens in the Met

Killer: Wayne Couzens in the Met

One of the key recommendations made by the review is that the elite parliamentary and diplomatic protection (PaDP) unit, where both Wayne Couzens, the killer of Sarah Everard, and serial rapist David Carrick worked, should be disbanded in its current form.

But the Home Secretary acknowledged it was still ‘very difficult’ for top brass to take action against problem officers within the ranks. Chief constables are powerless to sack officers whose jobs were spared by misconduct panels.

‘I’ve announced changes that we are going to make – or consult on at least for the moment – on the dismissals process,’ Ms Braverman said yesterday on a visit to Rwanda.

‘We’ve found that it is very difficult for a chief constable to dismiss an officer who falls short… If the law needs changing, I will do that.’ The Casey review was commissioned following Ms Everard’s murder and a string of scandals that ultimately led to the resignation of the Met’s former commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick.

Among the other episodes were the publication of horrific messages shared between officers at Charing Cross police station and two policemen who were jailed for photographing the bodies of murdered sisters at a crime scene.

Ms Braverman said Sir Mark Rowley, who succeeded Dame Cressida in September, had her full support in reforming the force.

‘There have obviously been real failings by the Met over recent years, and some of those have been tragic,’ she continued. 

‘What’s important now is that we get behind the Commissioner and his turnaround plan, and we support him and his deputy to ensure that the Met is recruiting and retaining the best people to protect the public, and is improving its standards and keeping people safe.’

Dame Cressida pre-empted the report’s publication by defending her tenure, saying she was proud of the ‘genuine changes and improvements in culture that came in my time as commissioner’.

In a letter to the Sunday Times she added: ‘I have spent my entire service challenging racism, sexism and discrimination in any form and have always been known as someone who insists on high professional standards.’

Among the recommendations is understood to be the creation of an advisory board overseen by London’s mayor that would systematically review the force’s culture.

And the review will call for the PaDP command, which provides security for politicians, diplomats and other VIPs, to be broken up after it failed to spot monsters Carrick and Couzens within its ranks.

Sources said the report would be scathing about poor supervision in the unit and a lack of female officers recruited to armed policing, creating a misogynistic culture.



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