Casey Report: This must be a precipice moment

Responding to the Casey Report, Liberal Democrat MP and Former Police Officer Wendy Chamberlain said:

This report is an important step towards justice for the Everard, Smallman and all of the other families of women and other victims who have suffered because of the failings evident throughout the Met.

It’s clear that despite repeated reviews and reports that the force’s toxic culture has never been properly addressed. This time, it has to be.

Leadership in the Met and the Home Office must view this as a precipice moment. The Home Secretary must take personal responsibility for this and draw up an urgent plan, with the Commissioner and the Mayor of London, with clear timescales that show progress that goes beyond the tick box. The stakes are too high for anything less. The fundamental principle of policing by consent is at stake.

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5 Comments

  • Mel Borthwaite 21st Mar '23 - 7:41am

    Maybe the time has come for there to be two separate organisations responsible for policing – one being a ‘Police Force’ and the other being a ‘Police Service’. The Police Service would be mainly responsible for dealing with victims of crime and investigating crimes to bring those responsible to justice while the Police Force would be mainly responsible for public order, deterring street crime and responding civil emergency. While this change would not, in itself, address issue of culture that need to be addressed, it would mean that victims of crime may be more will to contact the Police Service to seek help even if they had previously had a bad experience with the Police Force during some public order issue.

  • Michael Bukola 21st Mar '23 - 10:53am

    If the Met Police Commissioner himself will not even accept the phase “institutional racism”, how can he have any credibility whatsoever.

  • Nonconformistradical 21st Mar '23 - 11:53am

    “If the Met Police Commissioner himself will not even accept the phase “institutional racism”, how can he have any credibility whatsoever.”

    Quite. Because it isn’t just the perpetrators who are the problem – it’s all the others who stood by without doing anything to stop it.

  • Steve Trevethan 21st Mar '23 - 12:14pm

    Why are schools and teachers inspected to the point of causing suicide while officers in the Metropolitan Police are allowed/ tacitly encouraged over years to behave illegally and with cruelty with no checks and, apparently and inexplicably, no senior officer seemingly aware or concerned?

  • Jason Connor 22nd Mar '23 - 3:43pm

    I think you need to say some officers otherwise it’s a sweeping generalisation and stereotypes all police. I know many police officers in my safer neighbourhood team of different backgrounds and genders. They all do an excellent job tackling crime. drug dealing on council estates and anti-social behaviour day in day out. They too are subjected to abuse and put their lives on the line, facts which are often overlooked on here. It must be very demoralising for anyone in or wishing to join the police these days to hear and read a constant stream of negative publicity. What next the NHS.

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