Two to three criminal cases against officers are expected to come to court each week for the next few months, the Met Police Commissioner has revealed.
The criminal cases are a “mixture of dishonesty, violence and violence against women and girls”, said Sir Mark Rowley.
He also apologized to the victims of the former officer David Carrick and said the public should “be prepared for more painful stories as we face cases that…corrupt our integrity.”
Speaking at a meeting of the London Assembly’s Policing and Crime Committee, Sir Mark said the force had not “applied the same level of cruelty” to maintaining its integrity as they did to fight against crime.
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Met Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley was speaking to the London Assembly’s Policing and Crime Committee.
He also said that the encounter “will likely find many instances where we got it wrong” in their review of approximately 1,000 allegations involving officers and staff historically accused of sexual offenses and domestic violence.
Referring to the “appalling case” of Carrick, he said: “We are all equally horrified to have hundreds of police who shouldn’t be here, Carrick is an awful example of that.”
He offered “sincere apologies to the victims for our failings, he shouldn’t have been a police officer – that’s obvious”.
Sir Mark also apologized to the “women of London who feel let down and whose trust in the police has been disappointed”.
“We have to improve considerably for London. Lifting the stone and revealing painful truths will not be resolved overnight.”
“It will be painful. We need your support and the support of the people of London…as we rid the organization of those who corrupt our integrity,” he said.
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Following Carrick’s conviction, around 1,000 previous cases involving Met officers and staff accused of sexual offenses or domestic violence are being reviewed to ensure they have been dealt with properly.
Sir Mark said he was “moving heaven and earth” to complete the review by March when its findings are made public.
Carrick, one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders, admitted 49 criminal charges including 24 counts of rape for crimes committed over an 18-year period.
The charges relate to the rape of nine different women, but some are multiple incident counts, meaning they cover more than 80 sexual offences, including at least 48 rapes.
The commissioner also apologized for the Met’s failings in the case of PC Hussain Chehab22, who pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15 as well as three counts of indecent photographing a child.
PC Chehab’s case is one of many to emerge in recent weeks that have challenged the Met’s vetting and complaints processes.
Two retired Met officers were charged last week with offenses related to possessing images showing child sexual abuse.
The charges were part of an investigation into a serving chief inspector who was found dead before being charged.
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