Met Police apologises over forces’ David Carrick failure
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Martin Hewitt, outgoing National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) chair, has said the lack of public trust in the Metropolitan Police is a problem and the new leader deserves time to gain it back. The new Met commissioner Mark Rowley has been working at regaining that trust by opening the conversation of banning stop and search, which in its present form “burns through trust”.
Speaking with the Guardian, the outgoing NPCC chair said he fears it may take years to rebuild trust, as currently only 50 percent say they trust Britain’s largest force, according to polls.
Mr Hewitt, who is set to retire after three decades in policing, said the failure to do so could damage the force’s ability to fight crime.
Hewitt said: “It’s not being melodramatic, but the role and the position of policing are fundamental to society, in terms of how our society runs, and that sense of rule of law, that sense of feeling secure, that sense of being able to trust policing.”
He added that a majority of officers were as disgusted as the public as scandals engulfed the force, and chiefs were determined to shake up change.
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The NPCC chair denied leaders had turned a blind eye to wrongdoing but added: “You can’t police where there is no legitimacy from the public.
“No organisation has a God-given right to continue existing as it does. That’s going to be a matter for others to look at.”
He added that the new commissioner had made changes in his first six months on the job, and said: “My city needs to have confidence in the police force.
“Mark is going a long way to really taking on the issues that I think matter to Londoners, and needs to be given the opportunity to deliver on that.”
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This comes as Baroness Casey’s review will be published tomorrow, where the Met is expected to be heavily criticised for being racist, sexist and homophobic.
Ms Casey was appointed to review the force’s culture and standards after the murder of Sarah Everard by serving officer Wayne Couzens.
The report is also expected to criticise how the Met protects its own people ahead of the public.
A Government source told the BBC the findings of the draft report were “very serious” and would make for “bad reading”.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman has been in talks with the Met commissioner this week about the findings after it is understood the final draft of the report was sent to them.
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