I’ll root out the racists and misogynists in our ranks, Met’s new chief guarantees

I’ll root out the racists and misogynists in our ranks, Met’s new chief guarantees


et Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has mentioned he will likely be “ruthless in rooting out racist and misogynist officers” from the drive.

Sir Mark took over as chief of Britain’s largest police drive earlier this month and on Tuesday insisted his mission was to revive public belief within the Met following a collection of scandals which revealed poor self-discipline and in some circumstances criminality amongst his officers.

These embody the homicide of Sarah Everard by serving officer Wayne Couzens and police sharing misogynistic and offensive messages on Whatsapp teams. Sir Mark informed BBC Radio 4’s Immediately: “We must be ruthless at rooting out those that are corrupting the integrity of the organisation — the racists and the misogynists.” He mentioned that previously some “unhealthy behaviour” had been tolerated however that will finish below his watch.

The policing inspectorate has positioned the Met in particular measures over “systematic” failings, and his predecessor Dame Cressida Dick resigned earlier this 12 months after a conflict with Mayor Sadiq Khan. Sir Mark mentioned he needs to have the ability to present the general public that progress has been made in key areas in 100 days, and to convey the drive out of particular measures in 12 to 18 months.

He additionally dismissed claims that firearms officers threatened to stroll out in protest on the suspension of a colleague who fired the shot that killed unarmed black man Chris Kaba throughout a car cease in Streatham. Sir Mark informed LBC: “It’s misreported nonsense. I’ve a really, very devoted group of firearms officers who exit day in and day trip, confronting essentially the most terribly troublesome conditions to guard London they usually wouldn’t let down London.”

Addressing the query of whether or not officers needs to be allowed to take the knee in a present of solidarity with black individuals, the commissioner mentioned the drive ought to stay impartial to keep away from alienating individuals and added: “We should always not present any allegiance to causes, nevertheless noble or not.”

On violence which flared on the Notting Hill Carnival with a killing on the final day, he mentioned he could be working with organisers to make future occasions as protected as attainable.

Sir Mark additionally mentioned it was unacceptable that the proportion of reported burglaries attended by an officer has fallen to 50 per cent and renewed his pledge that victims could be visited by police.

He mentioned: “We’re by no means going to show as much as each single crime, and the general public perceive that, however one thing as extreme as housebreaking wants a correct policing response. It’s too severe an intrusion to not have someone flip up.”

Requested concerning the variety of youth murders in London, he mentioned he needed to get the annual variety of all murders in London beneath 100 and deal with violence by males, admitting that some ladies don’t really feel protected on the streets of the town at night time.

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