‘Dire’ Met Police takes on 100 officers with criminal records in the past two years

23rd March, 2022 10:05 am

Damning report finds ‘fundamental flaws’ in Scotland Yard’s anti-corruption safeguards.

 

The Met is blighted by “unacceptable” failings in the way that it tackles corruption within its ranks and has recruited more than 100 officers who have committed offences in the past two years alone, a report by the police watchdog has warned.

The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services said that there were “fundamental flaws” in Scotland Yard’s anti-corruption safeguards and that it had also recently hired people with criminal connections and failed to supervise them to minimise risks.

It said other failings included “dire” procedures for storing exhibits from investigations with “hundreds of items… not accounted for, including cash and drugs” and the security code for one store inscribed on the door.

The offences committed by officers hired in the past two years included wounding, theft and handling stolen goods. The watchdog said the force also did not know whether all the officers employed in sensitive posts, such as child protection, major crime investigation and informant handling, had passed the necessary security vetting.

 

It added that more than 2,000 warrant cards issued to officers who had subsequently left the force remained unaccounted for and that it had failed to learn the lessons from its corruption-blighted investigation into the 1987 murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan.

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