1,633 domestic abuse and sexual offence claims against Met staff under review

A total of 1,633 cases involving 1,071 officers and staff are set to be reviewed. Credit: PA

More than 1,600 cases of alleged sexual offences or domestic violence involving Metropolitan Police officers and staff are being reviewed in the wake of the David Carrick case.

The force said that accusations ranging from arguments to the most serious sexual crimes from the last 10 years are being checked to make sure that the appropriate decisions were made.

A total of 1,633 cases involving 1,071 officers and staff are set to be reviewed.

The force said that most officers whose cases are reviewed will remain on duty without being subject to restrictions while the inquiries are carried out.

A spokesman said: “In the event that information was to emerge from a review that raised concerns then an officer or member of staff’s status would be reconsidered without delay.

“All new allegations against officers and staff are subject to robust risk management including restrictions and suspension where appropriate.”

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The Met has already faced heavy criticism of its internal disciplinary procedures with Baroness Casey finding the system is racist and misogynist, and that allegations of sexual misconduct or discrimination are less likely to result in a case to answer than other claims.

The peer said that some officers and staff were getting away with misconduct and even criminal behaviour.

Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has said he believes hundreds of corrupt officers are serving within the force and should be sacked.

National concerns have also been raised about how police forces deal with allegations of domestic abuse made against officers and staff.

Watchdogs found that there were systemic weaknesses in the way that the claims are dealt with following a so-called super-complaint, a system used to raise wider issues in policing, made by women’s justice campaigners.

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