More than 100 police officers and staff received a criminal conviction while serving with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) from 1 January 2019 to 31 July 2022, data released under a Freedom of Information request shows.
Negligence in conducting background checks when hiring, and squeezed funding under the Tory government have been blamed by critics as factors feeding into the force’s failings.
Hundreds of wrongdoers have been escaping justice, according to the findings of Baroness Louise Casey in her damning interim misconduct review into the Britain’s largest police force published on 17 October, 2022.
But, among the 104 convicted were 11 sex offenders and six convicted of misconduct in public office, with one individual still serving with the force, according to the information cited by British media outlets.
Thirty-two police and staff were convicted of traffic offenses, four of theft, two each of forgery and drugs and one of criminal damage, with a further 22 people convicted of unspecified other offenses.
The murder case refers to Wayne Couzens, serving a whole-life sentence at HMP Frankland in Durham for kidnapping, raping and murdering Sarah Everard in March 2021.
Across 22 other forces, an estimated 284 officers and staff have a criminal record, figures showed, with Scotland Yard leading the “appalling” statistics.
Forces with the largest number of convictions were Thames Valley and North Wales both with 31, Derbyshire with 27, and both West Midlands and Gwent with 24.
Half the forces refused to provide details, and Humberside Police was the only responding force to claim it had no officers or staff with convictions.
During the period in question, former Met officers Deniz Jaffer, 47, and Jamie Lewis, 33, were jailed for two years and nine months after pleading guilty to misconduct in public office.
The two ex-officers had taken and shared photographs of bodies of murder victims found in June 2020. Another former police officer, Kashif Mahmood, dressed in his uniform and used marked and unmarked police cars to work with an organized crime gang.
Having a criminal record does not automatically bar one from joining the police and officers are ostensibly vetted when they join.
However, the latest information showed that some officers were still in post despite a number of convictions, whereas others, already found guilty, were suspended pending misconduct hearings.
The scale of criminality within the UK police was laid bare after media pressure prompted the force to release the statistics despite earlier attempts to hide behind data protection rules.
The Met took an average 400 days to deal with claims of misconduct, the report revealed. In almost 60% of cases, allegations of wrongdoing were dismissed with no case to answer.
Evidence of systemic racism in the way such cases were handled was cited, with Black and Asian officers more likely to have proceedings brought against them than white officers by 81% and 55% respectively. According to insiders, the force took “forever” to handle complaints.
Earlier, cuts under Conservative-led governments were blamed by the National Police Chiefs Council for a negative effect upon policing. It stated in late August that crime detection and charge rates had plummeted in the wake of austerity measures and a fall in police numbers since 2010.
In a Policy Exchange paper entitled Crime & Policing: What Do We want from the Next Prime Minister? written by former Met detective chief inspector David Spencer, governments led by former Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May (2010 to 2019) were accused of failing to invest in policing while trying to reform its structures.
The report conceded that although funding was boosted somewhat under Boris Johnson, the Tory government had not implemented sufficient reforms.
Data released earlier by the Home Office showed there were 142,759 police officers in England and Wales in June 2022 compared with 143,734 in March 2011.
The figures were particularly compelling given that during the cited period, the population in England and Wales increased by 3.5 million people.
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You got the political party correct-Tory-Tory-Tory -aka “we dont care about the little people ” –first it was the lies -“We must strengthen our control of the country against “terrorists ” ( dont hear about that now ) – then it was “Russian hackers ” and so on allowing the public to accept draconian measures by the police and other forces to be imposed on the public. Now it is “we must have full control of the internet ” this means ISP,s and websites cant allow the public –two way full encryption–“unless we have back-doors ” ( as in M$… Read more »
Doomsday scenario for the people, because they over- ride and rule the system. Not much we can do other than to prepare where possible?