Met Police: Force has arrested 38 officers in anti-corruption and abuse probes

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“Since September there have been 38 arrests made internally to counter corruption and abuse.”

Dozens of Met Police officers have been arrested in relation to counter-corruption and abuse efforts in the force.

The beleaguered force - which has been placed into special measures by the police watchdog - is facing yet another scandal following rapist cop David Carrick’s admission of a 17-year string of abuse and sexual assaults.

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Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has pledged to root out issues within the capital’s police service and reportedly vowed anyone like Carrick “would not pass” enhanced vetting today.

Speaking at Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall today (Thursday, January 19), Sadiq Khan said: “Sir Mark Rowley is committed to being a reforming commissioner and consistently reiterates his plan to deliver more trust, less crime, and higher standards.

“He is clear that the Met Police must change to better serve our communities and its own officers and staff. Sir Mark’s successes so far include establishing the anti-corruption and abuse command. Since September there have been 38 arrests made internally to counter corruption and abuse.”

Sir Mark Rowley, the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has vowed to improve the force’s response to burglaries. (Photo: Getty)Sir Mark Rowley, the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has vowed to improve the force’s response to burglaries. (Photo: Getty)
Sir Mark Rowley, the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has vowed to improve the force’s response to burglaries. (Photo: Getty) | Getty Images

The Met Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from LondonWorld.

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Mr Khan said he hopes the force will be removed from special measures - known as the "engage process" - within two years.

He told assembly members: “It took Greater Manchester two years.

“I don’t want it to take us that long.”

But he added: “The key thing is to make sure its a sustainable approach and that changes are permanent rather than just ticking a box

“It will take as long as it takes, but Sir Mark and Dame Lynne are working incredibly hard with a good team around them now.”