Met Police dismissal process to be reviewed in 'weeks not months' as force tries to deal with misconduct, minister says

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The Government is reviewing Met Police dismissal processes - after Commissioner Mark Rowley slammed the current rules making it difficult to sack officers for misconduct

Chris Philp confirmed an imminent publication of his review into Met Police dismissal procedure.Philp elaborated: "It is actually quite hard to sack a serving police officer even when there is clear misconduct - it is quite a bureaucratic process, you have these external lawyers for example".

Mr Philp told LBC: "The vetting that we have just updated should stop people like [Wayne] Couzens or [David] Carrick getting into the police. London's police force has been under intense scrutiny since 2020 - when the extent of the abuse undertaken by serving officers came to light after Wayne Couzens was charged and later convicted of the rape and murder of Sarah Everard in 2020.

Asked how many police officers have been suspended, he told The News Agents podcast: "We have well over 500 who are on restricted [duties] and several hundred who are suspended."Mark Rowley was appointed Metropolitan Police Commissioner as he was tasked with grappling with the crises engulfing the force."I've said we need to get rid of hundreds of people.

 

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