Scotland Yard launches hotline for public and police to report ‘racist and corrupt’ officers

Scotland Yard is launching a hotline to allow people to anonymously report racist, misogynistic, corrupt or violent officers.

From Tuesday, anyone with concerns about a Metropolitan Police officer can call a confidential number manned by trained staff from Crimestoppers, an independent charity.

The information will then be passed on to detectives from the new Anti-Corruption and Abuse Command, who will investigate the allegations.

The helpline will be open to members of the public and serving staff and officers who have concerns about their colleagues.

A recent review of police misconduct found that many officers were reluctant to complain about their colleagues because they believed nothing would be done.

Warned not to complain

Baroness Casey’s report found that up to 60 per cent of misconduct allegations made against Met officers resulted in a ‘no answer’ decision and that line managers and supervisors often warned people not to wear complaint.

A Scotland Yard spokesperson said the move would make it easier to expose corrupt officers who had undermined the integrity of the Met and let down the majority of decent officers.

Commander James Harman, head of the new unit, said: ‘It is so important that the good majority of the Met can trust their colleagues and that the public knows that there are clear systems in place where appalling behavior will be challenged and resolved.

“We are therefore taking this exceptional measure to identify and eliminate anyone who corrupts our integrity.

“We want to reassure the heroic majority within the Met that corrupt colleagues will be rooted out, but also for the public to see how seriously we take abuse of power and how committed we are to restoring trust. .”

Root out corrupt staff

The Met’s Anti-Corruption Command was launched in October with the aim of proactively weeding out corrupt and abusive officers and staff.

In addition to identifying officers who use their position for financial gain or sexual advantage, the force wants to get rid of those who are racist, misogynistic and homophobic.

In October, Sir Mark Rowley, the Met commissioner, warned officers they would be sacked if they made inappropriate jokes or used “jokes” to legitimize sexual violence.

Mr Harman added: “The public can help us by sharing all the information they have. We know our confidence has been affected and that’s why we asked independent charity Crimestoppers to run the hotline.

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