Met Police chief doesn’t trust 100 of his officers to speak to the public

Met Police chief doesn’t trust 100 of his officers to speak to the public

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley looks on during a visit by Britain's King Charles III to thank emergency service workers for their work and support ahead of the late funeral Queen Elizabeth II, during a visit to the Metropolitan Police Service Special Operations Room (SOR) at Lambeth Headquarters on September 17, 2022 in London, England.  His Majesty the King thanks emergency service workers for their work and support ahead of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral.  The Queen died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022 and was succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Carl de Souza - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Sir Mark Rowley said it was ‘perverse’ that he couldn’t shake off the problem (Picture: Getty)

The Metropolitan Police chief said it was “completely insane” that the force has around 100 officers who are not trusted to speak to the public.

Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said the officers were working under “very restrictive” conditions because “frankly we don’t trust them to speak to members of the public”.

The head of the UK’s largest police force has pushed for new powers to allow force bosses to reopen misconduct cases against officers and staff.

He had previously estimated that hundreds of officers got away with misconduct or criminal behavior – but had no way to fire them.

A report on the Met’s disciplinary systems last month found that less than 1% of officers with multiple misconduct cases against them were fired.

He also found that the bar for what constitutes serious misconduct – an offense that can be dismissed – is set too high.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley at Millbank Studios in central London where he took part in interviews with radio stations such as LBC and the BBC's Today programme.  Picture date: Tuesday September 27, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA POLICE story Rowley.  Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire

Sir Mark Rowley has pushed for new powers to allow force bosses to reopen misconduct cases against officers and staff (Picture: PA)

Sir Mark said around 100 officers were untrustworthy to speak to the public (Picture: Getty Images)

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Sir Mark told BBC Radio Four’s Today program on Thursday it was ‘perverse’ that he could not get rid of problematic officers.

He said while the Met has ‘tens of thousands of great officers doing amazing things day in and day out for London’, there are ‘hundreds of people who are letting us down and I’m trying to fix it’ .

He told the programme: “We are becoming more assertive and creative in our use of existing powers, but I have been encouraged by the enthusiasm of the Home Secretary and the Home Office to review the regulations to give us the power to act more quickly against agents that we shouldn’t have.

“I have about 100 officers in the organization who have very restrictive terms because frankly we don’t trust them to speak to members of the public

“It’s crazy that I have to employ people like that as police who you can’t trust to have contact with the public. It’s ridiculous.’

When asked if the force had been able to get rid of any of them, he said: “We are looking at whether we have new legal levers, but we cannot on conventional approaches. .”

“It’s perverse, isn’t it?” »

Earlier this month Sir Mark said a “large proportion” of officers in his force were “not properly deployable” due to health and performance issues.

On Thursday, he said 10% of the Met’s workforce could not be fully deployed for reasons ranging from medical issues to ongoing misconduct investigations.

He told Today: “It’s not just about integrity; it actually depends on the ability to serve the public if you are limited in how you can deploy your resources when we are very busy.

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