What about the Met now?

These include:

– Get rid of more officers and staff who should not be serving

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has previously said there are hundreds of officers and staff at the Met who should not be on the force.

It has asked the Government for changes in current regulations to facilitate the dismissal of employees.

More than 1,000 cases in which current officers or employees were charged with domestic violence or sex crimes in the last 10 years are being reviewed to make sure the correct action was taken.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley (Aaron Chown/PA)
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley (Aaron Chown/PA)

These include an officer who was convicted of masturbating on a train but kept his job.

A Liberal Democrat freedom of information request also found that, as of February 3, 111 Met officers out of 548 investigated for domestic abuse and sexual misconduct were working normally.

Sir Mark said he will give a full update on the number of people leaving the force at the end of March.

– Rename the force

Baroness Casey called for a review of the Met on the same scale as changes to the police force in Northern Ireland, which was renamed the Royal Ulster Constabulary and became the Northern Ireland Police Service.

But Sir Mark Rowley poured cold water on the idea of ​​changing the Met’s name, saying it can be seen as a marketing exercise.

The Met Commissioner told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think it has to be a fresh start. I don’t know if the new names seem like some kind of branding exercise.

“I think people just see it as a brand and I think there’s a danger with that.”

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The New Scotland Yard sign outside the Metropolitan Police headquarters in London (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

He also noted the concerns he would have with any major restructuring or break in force.

“In terms of form and structure, London is a large and complex city. It’s an amazing city… Trying to break the surveillance would create such boundary problems that it would be very difficult.

“We can create chaos and a semblance of activity and energy by doing something structurally important.

“It’s really just going to get in the way of getting below the surface and digging deep, lifting rocks and dealing with what’s there and changing the culture.”

– Split the Met

Unsurprisingly, Sir Mark has also opposed the idea of ​​breaking up the Met, a huge police force with more than 34,000 officers and more than 10,000 employees.

He said: “London is a big and complex city. Not surprisingly, he has a large and complex organization watching over him.

“If we get into some messy structural breakdown of a large organization, it won’t help the London police.

“I will also say that it would actually delay reform because all of that structural realignment doesn’t address the factors that she mentions, which are about the quality of service to victims, the way that frontline officers are supported and able to serve them. and discrimination in the organization”.

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General view of a Metropolitan Police sign (Andrew Matthews/PA)

But the possibility of separating the counterterrorism command, a national responsibility that currently sits within the Met, has been debated for several years.

Casey’s review highlighted tensions between limited-funded specialist teams like counter-terrorism and wide-area squads.

It found that frontline policing had eroded, Londoners came last, and the English capital no longer has a functioning neighborhood policing system.

– Stricter verification

Amid national concerns about the quality of police investigation, the Met has tried to get ahead of the curve by beefing up its own systems.

Earlier this month, the force said it will re-vet officers or staff when their behavior is perceived to be a violation of the public trust.

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A Metropolitan Police dog at the feet of its handler (Nick Ansell/PA)

The trigger for this process can come from various circumstances, including the conclusion of a criminal investigation; a misconduct hearing in which a written warning, final written warning, or reduction in rank has been issued; or when information about that person becomes known to the Met’s internal Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS).


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