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More than HALF of Met officers found guilty of sexual misconduct over a four-year period kept their jobs

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In recent days, many people have been wondering, ‘Is the Met Police institutional misogyny?’

Despite the latest revelations surrounding Wayne Couzens — who reportedly showed off a prostitute at a party long before he raped and murdered Sarah Everard — one statistic in particular gives little confidence.

It’s this: More than half of the Met officers found guilty of sexual misconduct for a four-year period through 2020 kept their jobs, a total of 43 officers at 83 or 52 percent. This figure came to light following a request for freedom of information.

Also, two more Metropolitan Police officers, who have exchanged highly abusive messages with Wayne Couzens, are still on duty.

However, some women's voices are finally beginning to be heard.  Among them is Sue Fish, the former chief of police for Nottinghamshire, who spoke of a widespread mentality of boys' clubs.

However, some women’s voices are finally beginning to be heard. Among them is Sue Fish, the former chief of police for Nottinghamshire, who spoke of a widespread ‘boys club’ mentality

Behind the raw data, which tells you next to nothing about the actual details of the crimes, are individuals like the five Scotland Yard officers who joked about getting crime victims into the back of a police van and sexually assaulting them. – including demanding oral sex.

The group, which was being recorded in secret, exchanged comments such as ‘Bring on our next task in the van. Victim. Hot. I can choose.’ In other exchanges, they talked about one of them having sex with a stripper arrested a few months earlier. A crime victim was called a “hot slug.”

But after being found guilty by a disciplinary panel of misconduct and gross misconduct less than a year ago, they were allowed to resume their normal duties.

I repeat – the men in question are still serving police officers.

Wayne Couzens Reportedly Showed Off A Prostitute At A Party With Colleagues Long Before Raping And Killing Sarah Everard

Wayne Couzens Reportedly Showed Off A Prostitute At A Party With Colleagues Long Before Raping And Killing Sarah Everard

The macho locker room culture that allows such behavior to flourish seems to be ubiquitous, even if the vast majority of police officers, whether they are regular cops or senior officers, more than meet the standards expected of them in a challenging environment. and often dangerous situation. It’s easy to forget that in the wake of Sarah Everard’s tragedy.

Nevertheless, there are too many “rogue” agents—not psychopaths like Couzens, but those for whom casual misogyny and sexism are second nature—to ignore, both inside and outside the Met.

In light of the shocking examples we highlight today of troops from across the country – from Sussex, Avon and Somerset, North Yorkshire to name a few, and more later – it’s surprising that no # MeToo movement among the British police.

However, some women’s voices are finally beginning to be heard. Among them is Sue Fish, the former chief of police for Nottinghamshire, who spoke of a widespread ‘boys club’ mentality that many female officers will recognise.

“When I tried to address this, I was denigrated, isolated and marginalized by many seniors because they didn’t think it was important or necessary,” she says.

This from a former chief of police, the highest-ranking officer in the force, the person who, more than anyone else, should have been able to bring about change in her organization. She has also spoken of experiencing two incidents of sexual harassment at different stages of her career.

The controversy sparked by the Couzens scandal — he seems to have climbed the career ladder effortlessly before being assigned to the elite diplomatic protection group — has coincided with the fact that the rape prosecution has been at its lowest level for years and peaking. in domestic violence.

The perfect storm has sent the Met, Britain’s largest fighting force, which numbers more than 2.5 to 1, in crisis.

Couzens, married with two children, joined the Met in 2018 as a firearms officer. It is now alleged that he once showed up with colleagues at a party with a prostitute and introduced her as his ‘big copper’. On another occasion, an escort he was using showed up at Bromley station, in south east London, where he was stationed at the time, and demanded money.

Scotland Yard has also admitted that Couzens, 48, who has indecently exposed himself three times (to our knowledge), was deployed to guard MPs in the Houses of Parliament.

He is one of 27 Met officers convicted of sex crimes in the past five years, it now appears. The crimes include rape and voyeurism.

Since May, three officers have been prosecuted for sexual misconduct. Among them is a police sergeant who used “vulgar language” to a female colleague and made sexual comments about a member of the public.

He escaped with a final warning. Perhaps in this case it was the right outcome. We cannot say for sure as no further details are available on the results published on the Met’s website.

But the frequency with which officers are allowed to continue their duties in such circumstances is alarming. They say there are “lies, damn lies and statistics.”

The statistic quoted earlier that 52 percent of Met officers found guilty of sexual misconduct are still employed is hard to deny. The apparent laissez-faire attitude is epitomized by the shocking story of the (unnamed) Met officer who is accused of raping two colleagues but only resigned last month — nearly four years after the women came forward to kill him. to indicate.

The women were later paid out by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority on the basis of rape and physical abuse.

The allegations were the subject of an investigation by an outside police force, but there were flaws in the investigation, a later review found, including failure to arrest the suspect who may have been treated differently “because he was a police officer.” As a result, the Crown Prosecution Service did not have enough evidence to press charges. Although he was released from “public” duties, he remained an officer until a few weeks ago, when he left the Met. Hear his misconduct? It is scheduled for next January, the Met confirmed yesterday. The case was discovered by the BBC in April, but was not widely reported.

The women said they were “set aside” by the police. “There was very little support,” one of the BBC told the BBC.[It was] very poorly managed. He checked everything en masse. He had his friends.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick makes a statement outside the Old Bailey

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick makes a statement outside the Old Bailey

He was taken care of, while we were just put aside and not cared for.’ It’s a view shared by many other female officers inside and outside the Met, who have suffered at the hands of male colleagues.

In a really disturbing case earlier this year, five officers from the Hampshire Police Department’s Serious and Organized Crime Division were fired after making sexist, racist and homophobic comments.

Women were called or called ‘whores’, ‘sluts’, ‘sweet t*ts’ or ‘sugar t*ts’, ‘Dorises’ and a ‘f****** Doris’.

The officers also wondered if a person using the tannoy received a ‘c***’.

But in many other cases, culprits are not fired.

In December last year, a 37-year-old police sergeant in Hastings, East Sussex, faced a misconduct hearing for pasting a young female officer’s face on an image of a naked porn star and sending it to male colleagues as a ” Secret Santa present. He also explicitly shared material on a WhatsApp group. The officer was given a final warning as the panel ruled that his conduct did not warrant discharge.

He is still a police officer.

A month earlier, a detective from the same agency was charged with gross misconduct for pinging a young colleague’s buttocks with a ruler, calling her “sexy” and sending her “clunky” messages. He was also given a final warning.

He is still a police officer.

A PC with the Avon and Somerset Police Department sent more than 100 unwanted WhatsApp messages to a woman he met while on duty that were “inappropriate” and “flirious,” it was told during a misconduct hearing last week. The Bristol-based officer was given a ‘final written warning’ to remain on his criminal record for five years.

He is still a police officer.

There’s also the North Yorkshire PC who also received a final warning after saying a female colleague was ‘gagging for it’.

There are also two more Metropolitan Police officers, who have exchanged highly abusive messages with Wayne Couzens, who are still on duty.

This won’t come as a surprise to Paige Kimberley, who was Detective Chief Superintendent at the Met. She revealed a WhatsApp group used by fellow officers at a recent tribunal where she is denouncing the violence.

Undated family photo of Sarah Everard published by the Crown Prosecution Service

Undated family photo of Sarah Everard published by the Crown Prosecution Service

She said they were “aggressive and inappropriate” — using words like “battle” — and contained graphics that showed a “very misogynistic and sexist” attitude toward women.”

She said she voiced her concerns — about what she called a “blooming sexist environment” in the police force — to Met Commissioner Cressida Dick in March. She claimed her warnings were ignored and she never got a response.

A Met Police spokesman said: “We are currently reviewing the details of the tribunal’s finding.

“We cannot comment further at this time.”

The police would have emerged from the Life On Mars days of cops in the 1970s.

But the ongoing stream of revelations surrounding Wayne Couzens suggests otherwise.

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