Metropolitan Police are putting undercover officers in every station to weed out rotten cops as a new report will charge police with ‘rampant sexism and racism’ at Scotland Yard
- Force is bracing for the most damning report in decades, to be released Tuesday
- Baroness Louise Casey is believed to have discovered deficiencies in every department she examined for the assessment
Scotland Yard is deploying undercover officers to catch sex predators at ‘toxic’ police stations ahead of a report expected to condemn the under-fire force.
The drastic measures are being taken to prevent another David Carrick or Wayne Couzens scandal, both of which involved predatory firearms officers who remained in office despite multiple complaints.
Police are bracing for the most damning report in decades as sources say Baroness Louise Casey’s findings, due to be published on Tuesday, will reveal rampant homophobia, sexism and racism.
Sources said its findings will be as damaging as the 1999 Macpherson report, which was drafted in the aftermath of Stephen Lawrence’s murder and found institutional racism in the force. Baroness Casey reportedly found flaws in every department she examined for the assessment, which was conducted after Couzens raped and murdered 33-year-old Sarah Everard in 2021.
It will be published five weeks after Carrick was jailed following a 17-year campaign of rape and assault.
In the photo: David Carrick. The drastic action is being taken to prevent another David Carrick or Wayne Couzens scandal, both of which involved predatory firearms officers who remained in office despite multiple complaints
Senior Met commander James Harman said the new undercover operation may have thwarted the pair, telling the Evening Standard: ‘The work of these teams using covert methods is largely directed against corruption, connections to criminal gangs and currency exchange.
“They will still do that, but we’d also like to attack those high-end capabilities against sexual abuse and misconduct.” Following the Carrick scandal, Met Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley announced an urgent inquiry into more than 1,000 officers charged with domestic violence or sex crimes over the past decade.
Sir Mark admitted that hundreds of officers and staff were unfit to serve but remained with the force despite ‘disgraceful behaviour’.
This week, Interior Secretary Suella Braverman met with the Commissioner appointed in September about the findings of the Casey review.
Baroness Louise Casey’s findings are published on Tuesday, five weeks after Carrick was jailed following a 17-year campaign of rape and assault
The report is expected to have uncovered endemic racism and misogyny, as well as examples of victims who experienced violence from police officers and were abandoned by police.
However, it is clear that even if the report condemns Britain’s largest police force, the Home Office will support Sir Mark’s leadership and plans to reform the Met.
Yesterday, Attorney General Dominic Raab said the force “clearly has a problem” that needs to be addressed. There are clearly practices that are far too widespread to be confronted head-on.”
The interim Casey review, published in October, found that hundreds of Met agents got away with misconduct and crimes, including domestic violence, assault and fraud.
A spokesperson for the Home Office said: ‘The Home Secretary has been clear that culture and standards in the police force need to be raised to regain public confidence. We await the publication of Baroness Casey’s full report.”
A spokesperson for the Casey review said it would not comment on the contents of the report prior to publication. They added: ‘We would like to remind everyone that the report has been prepared in light of the appalling facts surrounding Sarah Everard’s murderer. This must be remembered.’