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The majority of the 100 extra officers will be of constable rank, and the unit will lose Det Ch Supt Duthie, who will become head of homicide next month, and one superintendent.
He stressed that officers will retain their specialisms in terms of the types of crime they investigate.
It comes after a number of failings. Detectives at a unit in Southwark were found to have pressured victims to drop charges to boost performance figures.
Today the current head of the central Sapphire command Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Duthie said officer numbers dealing with sexual exploitation including grooming gangs would be boosted.
An extra 100 police officers are being brought in to tackle exploitation including paedophile rings as part of an overhaul of Scotland Yard's sex crime teams. The force's rape command, Sapphire, is being merged with the child abuse unit as part of a larger overhaul within the Met.
The Metropolitan Police is planning a major shake-up of its rape investigation unit - after a number of serious failings. Sapphire Command put pressure on victims to retract their statements - and failed to investigate cases properly.
They're now merging it with other departments and considering re-naming it.