- Following a report accusing London’s police of racism, homophobia and misogyny, the department has vowed to step up efforts to sack officers who have breached standards or were not properly vetted before being hired.
- While the police force in England has already cut a thousand officers, a commissioner said it could take years to root out every corrupt officer.
- Already dozens of officers face disciplinary hearings every month.
London’s police force says more than 1,000 officers are currently suspended or on reduced duty as the department steps up efforts to root out bad cops after a scathing report found it was institutionally racist, homophobic and misogynistic.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy said it would take years for the Metropolitan Police Service to rid itself of officers who breached standards or were not properly vetted before being hired, with around 60 officers facing disciplinary hearings every month.
“It will take one, two or more years to root out those who are corrupt,” Kadi said in a statement released Tuesday.
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The figures were published a year after Commissioner Mark Rowley took charge of the Met, pledging to reform a force rocked by a series of scandals, including the arrest of a serving officer over the abduction and murder of a young woman.
In March, the police force apologized after an independent review found the department had lost public trust because of deep-seated racism, misogyny and homophobia.
The force has about 34,000 officers. Figures show 201 have been suspended and about 860 are on restricted duties.