Two or three Met Police officers will appear in court each week to face criminal charges in the coming months, the head of the force dramatically revealed today.
Sir Mark Rowley told the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee today that more ‘painful stories’ will emerge as moves progress to remove hundreds of corrupt officers who have managed to dodge vetting processes.
He was speaking in the wake of the case of Pc David Carrick, who served as a Met officer for 20 years before being unmasked as one of the country’s most prolific sex offenders.
In the wake of Carrick’s guilty plea last week, Home Secretary Suella Braverman said more disturbing cases involving police officers could be uncovered in the short term.
Sir Mark Rowley told the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee today that more ‘painful stories’ will emerge as moves progress to remove hundreds of corrupt officerS
A new Met Police integrity hotline has received ‘tens of calls’ a week, leading to new investigations, Sir Mark said, a third of which relate to other forces.
He told the committee: ‘Even though this is a Met appeal, one in three of the calls coming through roughly are for other forces. We’re passing information on as well.
‘Through our challenges, we’re helping the rest of policing confront some issues as well.’
Sir Mark urged the public not to lose heart as the Met roots out hundreds of corrupt officers thought to be serving in the force.
‘Lifting the stone and revealing painful truths will not be resolved overnight, and I mustn’t pretend it will do, and I hope you understand that that can’t be done,’ Sir Mark said.
‘We have to prepare for more painful stories as we confront the issues that we face.
He was speaking in the wake of the case of Pc David Carrick, who served as a Met officer for 20 years before being unmasked as one of the country’s most prolific sex offenders
‘We’ve discussed before, the systemic failings that create these problems of these officers who corrupt our integrity, and as we put in more resource, more assertive tactics, as we are more open to people reporting incidents to us from within and from without the organisation, and as we more determinedly take on these cases, it will tackle the problems that we face but it won’t… it won’t be rapid and it will be painful.’
In the wake of Carrick’s conviction, around 1,000 previous cases involving Met officers and staff who were accused of sexual offences or domestic violence are being reviewed to make sure they were handled correctly.
This is expected to be completed by the end of March.
Sir Mark said that as well as these, in the coming weeks and months he expects two or three officers per week to appear in court charged with offences linked to dishonesty, sexual offences, violence or domestic violence.
In the latest case, police constable Hussain Chehab yesterday admitted having sex with a 14-year-old girl and possessing indecent images of children.
A court was told that Chehab had even served as a school liaison officer during his time on the force.
Sir Mark described the case as ‘ghastly’ and conceded that the force was dealing with ‘more than a few bad apples’.
In the latest case, police constable Hussain Chehab yesterday admitted having sex with a 14-year-old girl and possessing indecent images of children
He apologised for the Chehab case, but warned that more cases were likely to emerge as he implements reforms to root out the criminal and corrupt in the Met’s ranks.
‘We are going to be surfacing more,’ he told the London Assembly’s police and crime committee.
Last week campaigners dumped 1,071 rotten apples, representing the number of officers being probed, in front of the Met’s New Scotland Yard headquarters.
‘We’ve been told time and time again that it’s just one bad apple here and there, but this is actually a fundamental problem right across policing,’ said Ruth Davison, head of the domestic abuse charity Refuge, which organised the protest.
She called for any officer facing formal allegations to be suspended while an investigation takes place.