Anonymous tip line launched for people to report corrupt or abusive Met Police officers | UK News

Britain’s largest police force has launched an anonymous hotline for people to report corrupt or abusive officers.

The metropolitan police has been heavily criticized for its failed anti-corruption and disciplinary procedures, which have left hundreds of unscrupulous officers and employees still in service.

It will be the first force in the UK to have such a hotline.

People can contact the line without giving names, with information about officers or staff who take bribes, use their powers for sexual purposes, abuse their partner or family, or are racist, homophobes or misogynists.

It comes after a series of disturbing scandals surrounding officer culture and behavior at the Met, including the rape and murder of Sarah Everard by an officer on duty.

There was also outrage racist and misogynistic messages shared by agents based in Charing Cross; two officers who shared photos of the bodies of murder victims Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry; and the strip search of school children.

Meanwhile, a watchdog discovered the force’s anti-corruption systems were inadequate, and a damning review of disciplinary procedures by Baroness Casey revealed officers and staff got away with misconduct and breaking the lawin a system of behavior that is itself racist and misogynistic.

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Commander James Harman, head of the Anti-Corruption and Abuse Command, said the Met wanted the hotline to send the message to the public that it “wants information about officers who are fundamentally corrupt or who abuse their policing position. “.

He said they recognize that for some who may be trapped in a corrupt or abusive relationship, they may not know where to go for help.

“They might not feel comfortable walking into the local police station, they might not feel comfortable following established routes,” he said.

“It will give people another way to ask for help that they might not have felt able to do otherwise.”

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The hotline will be run by the charity Crimestoppers and will be free.

Mr Harman added: “We recognize that we have had far too many very serious instances where the public have felt let down and have been let down by our officers and staff.

“I think the Met now, recognizing how badly that trust has been damaged, wants to take the lead in demonstrating that we are proactively looking to restore trust, and part of that is making sure we do everything we can. as we can to drive high standards in our organization.”

The creation of the hotline follows the establishment of a new anti-corruption command at the Met, likened to the AC-12 unit in the BBC crime drama Line Of Duty.

More personnel have also been transferred to the force’s professional standards department.

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