London’s Metropolitan Police are looking into allegations of sexual and domestic abuse involving approximately 800 officers, Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has revealed. The statement came shortly after a member of the force, David Carrick pleaded guilty to 49 such offences, including dozens of rapes.
Rowley revealed that 1,633 cases of alleged sexual and domestic abuse over the past ten years are currently being looked into. On top of that, all 45,000 Met personnel will be rechecked to see if any past offensives were missed, he said.
Carrick, whose case has brought a spotlight on the problem, admitted to six more counts of sexual abuse on Monday, bringing the total to 49. The officer is believed to have committed the crimes against 12 women across two decades.
Commissioner Rowley apologized to the victims for the Met’s failure to investigate Carrick for so long, adding that the latter “should not have been a police officer.”
“We’ve let women and girls down, and indeed we’ve let Londoners down,” he said.
He added the force is aware that the high-profile case has likely shattered the trust in Met officers among many women in the British capital, something 10 Downing Street also said, on Monday.
Rowley admitted the police force has not “applied the same sense of ruthlessness to guarding our own integrity that we routinely apply to confronting criminals.”
Questions were raised after it was revealed that multiple complaints against Carrick had in fact been filed with the police from as early as 2000 all the way to 2021.
Accusations previously made by the man’s former partner also did not prevent him from successfully passing the Met's vetting procedure back in 2001. He even faced claims by another ex-partner during his probationary period – but the mounting complaints did not get in the way of Carrick’s subsequent vettings.
Britain's Home Secretary Suella Braverman described the revelations as “sobering” for the Met and “the whole policing family throughout the country.””
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POLICE handled allegations against more than 76,000 officers last year — more than half the cops in England and Wales.
Figures reveal forces assessed 115,235 allegations from members of the public, with just 16 sackings as a result.
Allegations against police officers have risen sharply over the past 12 months.
The Home Office data emerged after Met Police OfficerDavid Carrick was exposed as one of the UK’s worst serial racists.
Crucially, there were nine missed chances to catch him — over claims including domestic abuse and harassment — before he was finally held and charged in 2021.
And the new data has sparked fears more rogue officers are getting through.
It shows that complaints against 76,831 officers were handled in the year to April 2022 — 57 per cent of the 135,573 cops working in England and
There were 214 allegations of sexual misconduct and 3,854 related to discrimination.
Of all complaints, 261 had a case to answer — and only 46 went to a misconduct hearing.
The stats also show a huge rise from the previous 12 months, when 14,393 officers faced 44,087 allegations.
Tory MP Nigel Mills said: “These figures are shocking
“Confidence in the police is very low.
“It needs root-and-branch change to get the respect and trust back.
The Sun 29/1/23
The Police are drawn from the working class and are members of that Class. Their function is to protect the interests of the Capitalist Class. But in a society where the vast majority are trolled to believe that Law and Order means there is some sort of equality for all, the abuse of State coercion given to those who are supposedly supposed to be impartial in upholding “the law” is a shocking thing.
“The true function of the police is not to be nice to people (in fact, they are actually paid to be suspicious of us all). They exist to protect private property rights — which means to protect the privileged position of the ruling class of capitalism. Which means, further, to perpetuate the inferior, unprivileged position of the working-class.
The fact that policemen are themselves workers makes no difference to this. The capitalist class have to get workers to do their dirty work for them. — workers are not only exploited in the interests of their parasitic masters but are also persuaded to tighten their bonds ever tighter about themselves.
The 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan Police is not an occasion for rejoicing or congratulation. Rather it is symbolic of a century and a half of a particular type of capitalism's coercion — and the event should shame workers into abolishing it all.”
Socialist Standard September 1979
Mark Rowley, the commissioner of the Metropolitan police, has predicted that “two to three” officers a week will face trial for crimes such as violence against women and dishonesty. He added that new reports of allegations against officers were coming in and if they went to trial before a jury, it could take until 2025 until verdicts were reached.
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