Met Police may have more serial sex offenders like Couzens and Carrick

The Metropolitan Police may have more officers like killer Wayne Couzens and serial sex offender David Carrick in its ranks, according to the Casey report.

The review, led by Baroness Louise Casey and commissioned in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder, is “rigorous, stark and unsparing”, she said.

It accuses the Met of being institutionally racist, misogynist and homophobic - failing to protect the public from officers who abuse women, racist officers and "deep-seated homophobia".

It adds that organisational changes have put women and children at greater risk and that female officers are often subject to sexism at work.

Asked if there could be more officers like Couzens and Carrick in the force, Baroness Casey said: “I cannot sufficiently assure you that that is not the case.”

She called for the Met to “change itself”, adding: “It is not our job as the public to keep ourselves safe from the police. It is the police’s job to keep us safe as the public.

“Far too many Londoners have now lost faith in policing to do that.”

Her 363-page report, published on Tuesday, found that violence against women and girls has not been taken as seriously as other forms of violence.

It found that there is widespread bullying in the Met, with a fifth of staff with protected characteristics – for example, race, sexuality or disability – being victimised.

“Female officers and staff routinely face sexism and misogyny,” the report said.

“The Met has not protected its female employees or members of the public from police perpetrators of domestic abuse, nor those who abuse their position for sexual purposes.

“Despite the Met saying violence against women and girls is a priority, it has been treated differently from ‘serious violence’.

“In practice this has meant it has not been taken as seriously in terms of resourcing and prioritisation.”

The force has lurched from scandal to scandal in recent years, including Miss Everard’s murder by serving officer Couzens and Carrick being unmasked as one of the UK’s most prolific sex offenders.

The report called for a “complete overhaul” of the Met and a “new approach to restore public trust and confidence”.

The review made 16 recommendations and said the changes need to be made by the Met, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and the Home Office to “create a radically improved new London Metropolitan Police Service”.

If the force does not reform, it could face being broken up in future, Baroness Casey said.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement